Warning: Seriously Bad Christmas Weather Coming Up - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Warning: Seriously Bad Christmas Weather Coming Up

Published December 23, 2013

Horrendous weather is predicted at the beginning of Christmas, on the 24th and the 25th in most of Iceland. People are advised not be out and about during those days.

The Weather God is not feeling very Christmassy this year, as there’s horrendous weather predicted, with expected travel disruption, church service cancellations and danger of avalanches is some areas.

Wind will go up to 18-25 m/s, and added with icy roads and blowing snow the outlook is very bad for the first days of Christmas.

The weather starts getting bad already on Monday afternoon, with sleet or snow showers in most areas of the country.

Conditions start to worsen quickly in the Westfjords and North Iceland, with ground blizzard causing little visibility.

The Police in the Westfjords warn that because there’s already a lot of snow in the area, the storm might make roads impassable very quickly.

On Tuesday, strong northeast gale is predicted, causing blinding snowstorm in the eastern part of Iceland from noon and snow drift or snow showers in the western and northern part.

The Police Commissioner’s Civil Defence Department has sent out a warning, urging people not to be out and about if it can be avoided.

Those who necessarily need to travel during these days should keep a close watch on weather forecasts and check road conditions first.

The bad weather is expected to last till Wednesday afternoon at least. Some meteorologists say this might even be the worst weather Iceland has seen since the turn of the century.


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