Iceland Pummeled With Snow - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Pummeled With Snow

Published January 25, 2012

Snow has been piling up in Reykjavík for the last couple of days. All of the City’s snow ploughs have been operating since four this morning, according to RÚV, which also notes that people should expect delays in bus services. Municipal workers have been spreading sand and salt on streets, and the people of Reykjavík can pick up bags of their own from neighborhood centers to spread on their own property.
The air has been unusually still allowing a light, sticky snow to pile up in heaps on tree branches, making the city look like a holiday postcard. Tourists and locals alike have wandered the streets, taking photographs.
Meanwhile, in the Westfjords, a few businesses in Ísafjörður have been closed and evacuated due to danger of snow avalanches, RÚV reports. Some avalanches have fallen on roads near Ísafjörður and Siglufjörður.
Thus, roads in the northern and southern parts of the Westfjords are closed and are unlikely to open today due to the worsening weather, reports Bæjarins besta.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for the Westfjords, with winds of twenty meters per second being expected tonight.
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