Snow Storm Predicted Across Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Snow Storm Predicted Across Iceland

Published February 25, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Main photo by
Jón Benediktsson

A storm is predicted across Iceland today, reports RÚV. The police have asked people to think twice before leaving the house and that those who do so anyway prepare for major delays and possible road closures.

 
According to the Icelandic Met Office, wind speeds of up to 30-35 metres per second are expected and although the weather should calm down a bit late tonight, early Thursday morning, there will still be considerable snowfall.

Additionally there is an avalanche warning in Hlíðarfjall by Akureyri, so skiers are asked to remain vigilant and stick only to pre-approved slopes.

If you had plans to travel around Iceland today, it might be worth revisiting them after the storm has passed.

Check out English language site Safe Travel to see their recommendations.

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration‘s website has a map that details all road closures and conditions.

Please be sure if you do venture out that your vehicle is properly equipped and that you have all necessary emergency contacts saved to your phone, and are able to call for help if necessary.

Despite the fact that the majority of visitors to Iceland are respectful of the dangers posed by the countryside, in the past week, there have been a number of instances where tourists have flouted safety warnings and restrictions.

As reported, one man waded into Reynisfjara to get better pictures and ten cars with tourists were pelted by rocks after driving into a bad storm near Skaftafell. Additionally, a number of tourists – including children – were caught climbing onto the floating ice at Jökulsárlón.

 
Be safe out there guys, or maybe just stay inside or go to a café and eat some snacks and catch up on some reading.

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