According to meteorologist Einar Magnús Einarsson, at the Icelandic Met Office, a violent storm, “outright crazy weather”, is to be expected on Sunday. The storm is expected to reach 20-30 m/s towards the evening.
People are advised to make sure not to leave loose objects outside, as well as to keep an eye on the weather forecast throughout the day, and plan accordingly.
Appearing on RÚV’s evening news, Saturday, the meteorologist corrected rumors that had reportedly been spreading, according to which the expected storm would be the worst since 1991. It is not the worst since then, said Einar. However, he added, there are clear similarities between the 1991 storm and the one expected this Sunday.
Wind blowing from the South-East will get gradually stronger during the morning, explained Einar, until reaching storm levels at noon. The storm will keep growing stronger for a few hours, well into the afternoon. The wind will be accompanied by “quite some rain” along the coast, but snow in the midlands.
And that’s not all. The wind will change direction in the afternoon and blow from the South-West, reaching “violent storm” levels. The precipitation may freeze around that time, making a blizzard likely. The storm and the blizzard are expected to hit the South-West corner of the country first, which includes the Reykjavík area.
The storm is expected to peak around 21h on Sunday, at 20-30m/s. Gusts may reach up to 40m/s. In the North, single gusts may blow at up to 50m/s. According to the Met Office’ forecast, the crazy weather can be expected to be over by Monday morning. Monday will remain a bit windy, though.