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Hazardous Driving Conditions Expected Today in South Iceland

Strong westerly winds and snow showers are expected to make for hazardous driving conditions in South Iceland today; yellow weather warnings are in effect. Roads may close without much notice, and travellers are advised to stay updated on weather and road conditions.

Hazardous driving conditions

Westerly winds will blow across the country today, with speeds between 8-15 metres per second (m/s) and scattered snow showers. By noon, that wind is expected to turn into a strong gale or storm in South Iceland, peaking between 4 and 5 PM in the capital area.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office warns that these conditions, especially with brief heavy snowfalls and drifting snow, could make travelling dangerous in South Iceland; yellow weather warnings have been issued. As noted on the website of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration:

“The Icelandic MET office has issued a yellow weather warning today, January 31 for the western part of the country therefore many roads are on a level of uncertainty from 9 AM to 8 PM and may close at short notice. Travellers are asked to familiarise themselves with the conditions and check weather and road updates because conditions can change fast.”   

Travellers can monitor road and weather conditions by visiting the websites of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) and the Icelandic MET office.

Milder weather tomorrow, storm on Friday

Tomorrow, warmer air will approach Iceland, bringing milder weather. There will be a southwesterly wind at 8-15 m/s with some light showers or snow showers, but generally, it will be dry, especially in the northeast. Temperatures in the afternoon will be between 0 to 6°C.

By midnight tomorrow, rain or sleet is expected in many parts of the country. On Friday, a strong southwest gale or storm is predicted. The weather will get colder with heavy snow showers in the southern and western parts of the country.

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