Surprise, Everyone: Another Wind Storm In Iceland, Car Travel Inadvisable - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Surprise, Everyone: Another Wind Storm In Iceland, Car Travel Inadvisable

Published December 11, 2018

Andie Fontaine
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You’re not going to believe this, but there’s another storm washing over the country.

The latest alerts from the Icelandic Met Office show, pretty much the entirety of western Iceland will see winds from 15m/s to 25m/s, with gusts getting as forceful as 40m/s, especially near mountains. These conditions are expected to last until midnight, and car travel in this area is therefore highly inadvisable.

Furthermore, all that pretty snow in the north is going to spell trouble for people trying to travel through the area. While the storm will bring high winds, temperatures should be fairly warm. This will precipitate rapid melting of all that snow, making for some slushy, muddy conditions with patches of ice.

As such, expect icy conditions on the road if you are traveling through the north, at least on paved roads. If you venture onto unpaved roads in North Iceland, there is a very good chance you will get bogged down.

As always when travelling around Iceland, check the weather forecast and road conditions before getting behind the wheel.

If you make the wise choice to stay in, we can recommend checking out Mike Judge’s Tales From The Tour Bus, the first two seasons of which cover “outlaw country” music and funk, respectively. Released by Cinemax, it is available on Hulu, which is unfortunately blocked to everyone outside of the US, so if you’re not familiar with VPNs, you can probably find it streaming somewhere.

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