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Cold Snap Disrupts Travel

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Húsavík under snow. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Search & rescue teams in Northeast Iceland were busy last night due to the poor weather and treacherous road conditions.

At least 11 emergency callouts related to the weather were registered by the police in Húsavík alone. There had been heavy snowfall and high winds, meaning visibility was very poor, Vísir reports.

According to the national roads administration, many roads in the north and east of Iceland are impassable this morning, though they are being plowed and should return to service as the day progresses.

Conditions in the south and west of Iceland are largely dry, and there is even some sunshine about—but temperatures across the whole country are low and barely above freezing in most towns today. Due to the northerly winds, it is expected to remain cold today and tomorrow, with a slight warming for the weekend. Reykjavík can hope to hit six degrees Celsius over the weekend.

Early spring cold snaps like this are common in Iceland and are called vorhret. Though the official first day of summer was celebrated a week ago, it would be unwise to completely pack the snow boots away before April finishes.

On a typical year, spring arrives in full force at the beginning of May and rushes its work so much that summer is ready to take over already by the beginning of June. March is definitely winter, whereas April is somewhere in between.

Of course, that’s just on a typical year, and when it comes to the weather in Iceland, there is no such thing as a typical year…

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