A few minor accidents occurred this morning due to the first snowfall of the season in the Reykjavík capital area.
Five people were injured yesterday when a minibus carrying 11 passengers went off the road into a ditch on Mýrdalssandur in South Iceland. ICE-SAR rescuers confirmed, however, that the people were not seriously injured.
The forecast for Christmas weather is becoming clearer the nearer the big day draws, and while meteorologists have been expecting warm weather with squally winds in South Iceland now this weekend, there should be good weather across the entire country in the days until Christmas.
There is a lot of slippery ice on roads and pavements in the capital region today, following several warm days and temperatures at, or just below, freezing today.
The past weekend was exceptionally cold throughout all of Iceland. Sharp winds ravaged the Western coast, while snowfall and hail hit the East and South.
The spring weather is unevenly distributed across Iceland at the moment. Norðfjörður in the East Fjords is still particularly badly impacted by thick snow, which is causing problems—not least for organized tours, some of which have had to be canceled.
Two weeks after Iceland’s official First Day of Summer, it is fair to say summer has been cold so far.
While Reykjavík residents are waking up to sun and birdsong, the reality is rather different in the north and the east.
Iceland has had more than its fair share of damaging storms this winter, with yet another battering the country yesterday and continuing to cause trouble today.
Winters are perfect for a lot of things. It is pretty good for freezing, which helps if you want to go skating on the Reykjavík Pond. Building snowmen is another great thing that is hard to do in summer.
There have been no flights to Gjögur airport in the Westfjords municipality of Árneshreppur since late last week—and the road is closed too.
Many roads are closed this morning in all regions of Iceland, and roads which remain open are not easily passable due to ice or snow.
A storm which caused disruption and closed roads in many parts of Iceland has now died down; though not for long. “This is far from being over,” warns meteorologist Birta Líf Kristinsdóttir; adding that it is due to get windy again later on today.
The first snow in Reykjavík this fall came rather unexpectedly to town late on Friday night. Meteorologists say this is not unusually early.