Road Closures Likely Tonight
Traffic is moving slowly in the capital area today, due to snowfall overnight, which continues this morning. If you’re planning to travel today, do check road conditions ahead of time, since road closures are likely this evening.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for the southern half of the country, which takes effect at 1 pm in South Iceland and in the evening for the rest of the affected area. The alert will be in effect into the morning hours.
An easterly blizzard is forecast in Reykjavík, with drifting snow and poor visibility at times. Wind speeds will range from 13 to 20 m/sec, and there will be wind gusts of up to 30 m/sec.
In South Iceland, an easterly blizzard is expected, and wind gusts near Eyjafjöll mountains could reach 35 m/sec. Expect snow showers or moderate snowfall, with poor visibility. Road closures are expected from Hvolsvöllur to Vík í Mýrdal, as well as from Reykjavík to Selfoss.
In Faxaflói, West Iceland, an easterly blizzard is forecast, with wind gusts of up to 35 m /sec. Expect blowing snow on the Reykjanes peninsula and in Kjalarnes, along with poor visibility. It will be very windy in Akranes and Borgarnes as well.
In Southeast Iceland, an easterly blizzard is forecast, with wind gusts of up to 35 m/sec near Öræfajökull glacier. There will be snow showers or moderate snowfall, with poor visibility. Road closures are expected between Vík í Mýrdal and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, and from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón.
A severe blizzard is forecast for the Central Highlands, with wind speeds ranging from 18 to 25 m/sec, along with blowing snow. Dangerous travel conditions.