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Gale Warning and Road Closure

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Gale Warning and Road Closure

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (wind speeds of 15-25 m/sec) for Southeast Iceland today and for North Iceland by evening. Moderate or heavy rain or sleet is expected in the East Fjords and parts of Southeast Iceland by noon, but snow on higher ground. Less precipitation in other parts of the country. http://en.vedur.is

Tonight, winds will be blowing from the east at 15-23 m/sec, windiest in the northern headlands and in the West Fjornds, along with increased precipitation. Temperatures will range between 0° and 10°C (32°-50°F), mildest in the southwest. Heavy rain will continue in East Iceland tomorrow.

Decreasing winds tomorrow and rising temperatures, but the heavy rain and melting snow will likely result in swelling rivers and increase the chance of mud slides in East Iceland.

Ring Road One in Southeast Iceland, from Gígjukvísl river (near Lómagnúpur and in the west to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in the east, is closed due to the gale. Wind gusts in the area have reached up to 47 m/sec. The closure will likely be in effect until 3 pm.

The Icelandic Road Administration warns of heavy snowfall on mountain roads in East Iceland this afternoon and limited visibility.

Travelers are told to avoid driving campers and vehicles with trailers in South and Southeast Iceland today, where the wind is the strongest.

Please follow road conditions at road.is and the weather forecast at en.vedur.is.

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