Due to a major low pressure centre hitting the country, a lot of flights and most bus routes outside of the capital area are canceled. Icelandair, Easy Jet and Lufthansa have canceled all flights to and from the country. The situation has already left some 700 passengers stranded at Keflavík International Airport.
Today, Iceland woke up to a country covered in yellow warnings, due to a major low pressure centre hitting the country. According to RÚV, Landsnet has activated contingency plans in preparing for electric interruptions services. The case is especially serious in the Reykjanes Peninsula, owing to the intensity of the winds and to the risk of water and snow getting stuck on the electrical distribution devices.
Due to snow showers and strong winds – going up to 25 m/s in some areas – the visibility will be limited and driving will become hazardous today and tomorrow. The yellow alerts will be in place until tomorrow afternoon, all over the country. Also during this week, the temperatures will start to aggravate matters, freezing temperatures will be present all over the country, reaching a peak on Friday with temperatures going down to -13°C in the southwest area.
The last time a storm similar to this dimension hit Iceland, hundreds of animals suffered from the blizzards and a lot of people were left with no electricity, especially in the rural areas. Hopefully, this time will be different as contigent plans are set and serious warnings are in place. Nevertheless, make sure to follow the weather forecast and to check the road conditions if you travel, to prevent any misfortune.
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