IRCA Warns Of Icy Roads And Blizzard - The Reykjavik Grapevine

IRCA Warns Of Icy Roads And Blizzard

Published December 9, 2014

On Monday night, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) announced closures of some roads due to stormy and icy conditions. Sandskeiði, Hellisheiði, Þrengsl and Mosfellsheiði are already closed.

Other roads demand caution: Roads are extremely icy all around the country, according to IRCA.

A blizzard rages in the West. Around Kjalarnes and Hafnarfjall, Eyjafjöll and Mýrdalur, gusts up to 40-50 m/s can be expected.

Snow drift may be expected around the country, and a thick blizzard with heavy downfall is foreseen in the East Fjords.

IRCA's map of road condition

A map is available on IRCA’s website, revealing the conditions of the country’s roads. According to IRCA, the information on the map “is entered from 7:00 – 22:00” and displayed “almost immediately”. During the night, however, information remains unchanged “and is erased at some point after midnight.”

IRCA's webcams

IRCA’s webcams, supposedly showing the condition of roads in real-time, can be accessed via their website. Admittedly, some of the images delivered seem more mystical than informative.

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