All Roads Out of Reykjavík Likely Closed Tomorrow

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Extreme weather will likely close all roads in and out of Reykjavík tomorrow starting at noon, RÚV reports. Most of the proposed closures in the capital area are expected to last until Wednesday afternoon. Road closures due to violent winds and heavy snowfall are expected throughout the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Road and Coastal Administration has published a list of roads that may be closed tomorrow due to weather. The road closures include Route 1 (the Ring Road), both toward South Iceland and West Iceland. Route 41, which connects the capital region to Keflavík Airport, is also expected to be closed from noon tomorrow until 1.00pm on Wednesday.

Airport staff and rescue teams on standby

Ásdís Ýr Pétursdóttir, Icelandair’s PRO, stated that the airline was considering what effect the road closure and weather will have on flights at Keflavík Airport, but that it was too early to say. Search and rescue representatives have met with authorities to prepare for the coming weather.

Residents and tourists alike are advised against travelling in Iceland tomorrow. Weather and travel conditions are updated regularly on Safetravel’s website.

Extreme Weather Across Iceland Into Wednesday

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The Icelandic Met Office advises against travel in Iceland tomorrow and Wednesday, as extreme winter weather is forecast across most of the country. Southwest, West, and North Iceland will see the worst conditions, which include blizzards and strong winds, while those in East Iceland can also expect fairly strong winds. Weather is expected to improve by early Thursday morning.

Stormy conditions are expected tomorrow in the Reykjavík area starting around 4.00pm, with winds reaching 20-28 metres per second. In Southwest Iceland, conditions will be similar, with wind speeds of 20-28 metres per second. Road closures are expected in the area from tomorrow afternoon. Wind speeds will decrease in the region early on Wednesday but remain high under Eyjafjöll at 23-33m/s.

Road closures expected

In West Iceland, north of Reykjavík, winds of 20-28m/s are expected, while further north in Breiðafjörður fjord, wind speeds could reach 23-30m/s, with blowing snow limiting visibility. The Westfjords and Northwest Iceland are expected to receive heavy snowfall and winds of 23-33m/s, with snowstorms limiting visibility and transport disturbances expected.

Stormy conditions are also expected in the Eyjafjörður area in North Iceland, with conditions improving as one heads east. The Northeast and East of the country will only have slightly better weather, however, still experiencing blizzard conditions and strong winds. Southeast Iceland will likely experience less precipitation, though violent wind gusts will make driving dangerous, particularly on Wednesday morning.

As is usual at this time of year, the Central Highlands are inaccessible to travellers.

Flying debris likely

Flying debris is likely, and construction workers are encouraged to secure construction sites. Residents are also asked to secure outdoor furniture and belongings. Travelling is not advised while the weather warning is in effect.

As of writing, road.is reports snow showers across South and West Iceland, and roads are reported to be snow-covered, icy, or slippery across the country. Those in Iceland are advised to keep tabs on travel conditions on the Safetravel website.

Storm Rages Across Iceland

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Storms affecting most of the country, particularly Southeast and East Iceland, have damaged property and put travellers in danger. According to the Icelandic Met Office, storm conditions are expected to continue into the evening. Residents and tourists alike are advised against travelling in the affected areas.

Search and rescue called out

Search and rescue teams in Southeast Iceland were called out around 5.00am this morning to assist travellers stuck between Hornafjörður and Djúpivogur. Weather appeared to have broken windows on the vehicle and the travellers did not feel safe either continuing nor turning back.

Search and rescue teams were also called to Höfn and Djúpivogur due to roofs being blown off and other damaged property. A widespread power outage in South Iceland early this morning appears to have been caused by the storm. Power is now back on in the region.

Flights and buses cancelled

Domestic flights to Egilsstaðir and Húsavík have been cancelled today due to the weather, as well as morning flights to Akureyri. Public buses have been cancelled between Vík and Höfn in South Iceland, as well as Akureyri and Egilsstaðir. Buses from Akureyri to Siglufjörður and Húsavík were cancelled this morning, but may operate later today if conditions improve.

Storm continues into evening

Rain and southwest winds at speeds of 23-30m/s are expected in most parts of Iceland today, though conditions will improve somewhat in the afternoon. East Iceland can expect strong gales into the evening, while falling temperatures will bring sleet and snow to the north of the country. Swelling rivers in Southeast Iceland could lead to landslides or slush floods.

Storm Expected to Hit South of Iceland

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The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a warning for the South of Iceland as winds are expected to ramp up around noon today, RÚV reports. Selected roads on the South coast will be closed later today.

All around the country wind is expected to reach about 15 to 23 meters per second (33 to 51 mph), with winds in the South reaching about 20 to 28 meters per second (44 to 62 mph) and gusts reaching well over 40 (88 mph) in the mountains.

Large automobiles and other vehicles that might be vulnerable against strong gusts of wind are especially advised to keep safe, as many roads around Iceland are quite slippery after heavy snowfall and frost in the last weeks.

Furthermore, The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has announced the closure of selected roads in the South to ensure road safety. The road between Hvolsvöllur and Vík will be closed around noon and is not expected to open until 4:00 AM Wednesday. Additionally, the road between Núpstaðir and Höfn, that lies through Skeiðarársandur and Öræfi is expected to close around 16:00 PM today and remain so until 10:00 AM Wednesday.

Travellers are urged to follow matters closely on The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s website and the website of The Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Route 1 Partially Closed Due to Difficult Weather Conditions

Route 1, the main ring road around the country, has been partially closed in South Iceland due to weather, Rúv reports. The route is closed from Hvolsvöllur to Vík, as well as between Núpsstaðir and Kvísker.

A yellow weather alert has been released from the Icelandic Met Office for South Iceland as well as parts of South East Iceland. Easterly winds between 18-25 metres per second are forecast. Gusts of wind are expected to reach 50 metres per second next to mountains. The sharpest winds are below Eyjafjöll mountains in Mýrdal (close to Vík) and in Öræfi (east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur). The storm climaxed this morning and will remain near climax until noon. The Met Office expects it to subside later today, at around 16:00 in South Iceland and 20:00 in South East Iceland.

Highways are expected to be troublesome due to slippery ice. In places, snow and sludge cover the roads.

Travellers are advised to proceed with caution, and follow updates on the Icelandic Met Office’s website