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Extreme Weather Across Iceland Into Wednesday

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.

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