Winter Snow Covers Ground in North Iceland

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Winter Snow Covers Ground in North Iceland

Akureyri residents in north Iceland woke up to a snow-covered ground this morning; it is the first winter snow to fall on the ground in Iceland this year but snow had already fallen at higher altitudes on mountains in both Akureyri and Reykjavík.

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Although not quite as much snow covered the ground in Akureyri this morning, this is what the town sometimes looks like at the height of winter. Photo by ESA.

However, the snow in Akureyri is not expected to last long as rain and warmer temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, mbl.is reports.

Today, though, wind is forecast to blow in from the north at 5-13 meters per second, followed by sleet or snowfall in the northern part of the country while mostly dry conditions are expected in the south.

Winter conditions exist on roads in the north and east with snow cover, patches of ice and snowfall. There are also partially slippery conditions on mountain roads on Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west and in the West Fjords.

Click here to read about the first winter snow in mountains in Reykjavík.

ESA