This winter‘s first proper snow day is up, with 5-15 cm of snow in Reykjavík, causing several minor traffic mishaps, but no serious injuries.
Despite weather forecasts predicting a little snow on Tuesday, people of Reykjavík were no doubt startled when they woke up this morning. Especially since many car owners have yet to swap over to winter tires and therefore have trouble getting around.
In fact, the Reykjavík police urges those still driving on summer tires to stay put, Mbl.is reports.
So it might be best to use public transport, although bus drivers are having problems too. A bus slid to the side and wound up stuck right across a busy street in suburb Breiðholt during rush hour, causing a delay for oncoming traffic, both private cars and a few other city buses.
Spokesperson for Strætó, the city bus operator, told Mbl.is that the buses have trouble e.g. driving up slopes etc. and that the bus drivers were more concerned with safety than being on time today, so passengers would have to expect some delays all day.
City workers started clearing the streets at 4:00 so most of the city’s streets are clear of snow but could still be icy.
However, this is merely a test run before winter arrives in all its glory, as the Met Office predicts higher temperature and rain on Thursday, expecting all the snow to wash away then.
Mbl.is TV has put together a fun video showing what the city looked like on Tuesday morning, here.