Storm Continues, North Iceland Upgraded To Orange Warning — The Reykjavik Grapevine

Storm Continues, North Iceland Upgraded To Orange Warning

Published January 8, 2020

Yesterday’s storm, which was initially a yellow alert, continues on today, with North Iceland upgraded to an orange alert, according to the latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office.

A yellow alert is still in effect for most of the country, with the exceptions of western portion of South Iceland and the northeast. The orange warning is in effect for the Breiðafjörður area and the entirety of North Iceland.

In Breiðafjörður, this means winds from 15 to 25 metres per second and snow showers, contributing to limited or poor visibility and deteriorating road conditions. There may be transport disturbances, and people are advised to show caution.

The situation is considerably worse in North Iceland, where winds from 20 to 28 metres per second and snow showers are expected to cause blizzard conditions. Drifting snow and poor visibility means that travel is not advised, especially in the eastern portion of North Iceland, where violent gusts up to 40 metres per second near mountains may be hazardous for vehicles that are sensitive to wind.

While it is predicted that the storm should peter out by this evening, readers are strongly advised to regularly check the weather forecast and road conditions before venturing anywhere, and to err on the side of caution.

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