Winter storm batters Iceland

Rescue teams out in force yesterday.

Rescue teams out in force yesterday. Photo: Facebook

Cancelled flights, stuck cars and closed roads – just some of the effects of the winter weather that battered Iceland yesterday.

Heavy snowfall and gale-force winds affected many parts of the country from yesterday afternoon, putting an end to the spring-like weather enjoyed throughout the week.

Snow was falling in the West Fjords as early as ...

Snow was falling in the West Fjords as early as yesterday morning. Photo: Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

Most domestic flights yesterday were grounded by the severe weather and are only beginning to resume this morning.

Several cars became mired in snow on the North West Iceland mountain pass of Holta­vörðuheiði and roads were closed across the country.

Air Iceland domestic flights are back on schedule today.

Air Iceland domestic flights are back on schedule today. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Friðrik

The severe weather is now dying down, although south-eastern parts may still be experiencing stormy conditions. Meteorologists forecast a new area of low pressure for tomorrow – but it is not expected to be as strong as yesterday’s.

Tough conditions for many as snow and wind hit.

Tough conditions for many as snow and wind hit. Photo: Iceland Monitor

Exchange rates

USD USD 109.00 EUR EUR 126.00
GBP GBP 143.43 DKK DKK 16.91
NOK NOK 13.31 SEK SEK 12.27
CHF CHF 109.22 JPY JPY 0.99
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.

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Exchange rates

USD USD 109.00 EUR EUR 126.00
GBP GBP 143.43 DKK DKK 16.91
NOK NOK 13.31 SEK SEK 12.27
CHF CHF 109.22 JPY JPY 0.99
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.