Last night 338 people got stuck at the gas station Staðarskáli, just before Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, Northwest Iceland, on the highway, Ring Road One, connecting North Iceland and the West Fjords with the rest of Iceland, due to bad weather.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning: A strong or severe gale (more than 20-25 m/s) is expected in South and West Iceland tonight and tomorrow morning. Both WOW Air and Icelandair have canceled or delayed international flights.
Search and rescue volunteers faced a life-threatening situation when two avalanches fell in the slopes of mountain Esja outside Reykjavík during a rescue operation on Sunday evening. Two of the volunteers were tossed 80 meters (262 feet) with the second avalanche, one of them injuring his leg....
Roads in Reykjavík are covered in snow and many neighborhood streets were not passable this morning. Municipal workers have been working through the night to try to clear the roads but are yet to reach all suburbs.
The above picture was taken by Iceland Review Online – Deutsch contributor Dagmar Trodler on the Hellisheiði mountain pass connecting Reykjavík and Hveragerði in South Iceland shortly before the road was closed last night.
A new record was set in Iceland when on December 29 the temperature in Skjaldþingsstaðir in Vopnafjörður, East Iceland, reached 16ºC (60.8ºF). It was the warmest temperature in Iceland between Christmas and New Year’s Day since records began, according to the Icelandic Met Office.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning as a storm with a wind speed of more than 20 m/s is expected to hit all parts of the country in the evening, lasting through the night. The storm will arrive in South and West Iceland first.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for parts of Iceland today. Southwesterly winds of 15 to 23 m/s are forecast for later today, strongest in the south.
After excessive snowfall and frosty temperatures around the country, strong winds from the south carried warm air with them, leading to a sudden thaw and rainfall in some regions. Road conditions are extremely slippery in all parts of the country.
Iceland’s capital has seen extensive snowfall this December, which has resulted in significant expenses for clearing snow and salting roads, estimated at ISK 150 million (USD 1.2 million, EUR 1.0 million) in December, totaling at ISK 500 million this year.
Twenty containers, which were being transported by Eimskip vessel Dettifoss en route to Iceland, fell into the ocean 85 nautical miles northwest of the Faroe Islands last night when the ship was hit by rogue waves.
The road under the slope Súðavíkurhlíð between Ísafjörður and Súðavík in the West Fjords has been closed since 1 am last night because of avalanche risk. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning for the region with wind speed expected to exceed 20 m/s.
The mountain pass across Holtavörðuheiði connecting West and North Iceland was cleared this morning. The road, which is part of Ring Road 1, had been impassable for 24 hours. The snowstorm has also interrupted domestic flights.
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.
The wind which hit East Iceland on Sunday was so strong that meteorologist Þóranna Pálsdóttir declared it among the “strongest we’ve seen.”
IR editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson took the following photos during today’s ongoing storm in Reykjavík.
Another strong gale warning has been issued for South and West Iceland today and tomorrow. A gale is described as wind more than 20 m/s. The forecast also includes snow for the south and west turning to sleet or rain this afternoon.
School has been canceled in parts of East Iceland, including in Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Neskaupstaður due to bad weather and difficult driving conditions.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for East Iceland today, expecting a strong gale wind of more than 20 m/s. An avalanche risk has been declared for Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and an avalanche uncertainty level for the northern West Fjords.
Visir.is published a video of a group of four people attempting to walk in the strong wind in Reykjavík. The wind was so strong that it started to push them into the underground car park.
A blizzard struck Southwest Iceland this morning and, coupled with slippery conditions, resulted in 16 cars running off the road on the Þrenglsi pass, between Reykjavík and the South Iceland villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for Southwest and West Iceland tonight. Strong wind of up to 28 m/s, gusts of up to 50 m/s near mountains as well as snow and sleet are forecast. Strong wind, gale force in some areas, is forecast across the country.