The Icelandic Met Office’s warning of a southwest strong gale wind with an average speed of more than 20 m/s will be valid for North Iceland until noon today. Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson caught the following images of the storm yesterday.
From all over the country there have been news of roof slates blowing off, windows breaking, trees falling, etc. About 350 people have been called out on search and rescue missions.
Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson thinks the storm today might be on par with epic storms like the 1991 storm which literally lifted people and caused extensive property damage. The weather has already caused some disruption.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning as a major storm is expected to hit Iceland on Sunday afternoon and last until late on Monday. The wind speed might reach 20-30 m/s on Sunday, or 110 km/h (65 m/h). On Monday, squalls near mountains might reach 50 m/s, or 180 km/h (112 m/h).
After cooler temperatures, slippery road conditions and minor snowfall today, the warm weather Iceland has enjoyed so far this month is set to continue, as meteorologist Trausti Jónsson writes on his blog.
The average temperature in Reykjavík so far this month has measured just over 5ºC (41ºF), which is roughly 3ºC (37.4ºF) higher than the average temperature for November during the past ten years.
Temperatures around 10°C (50°F) are forecast for this week in Reykjavík, which is much warmer than usual in late November. Last weekend too, capital residents were enjoying the Indian summer, mild and calm weather.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.
Difficult driving conditions are expected in North Iceland today and tomorrow as well as in West Iceland until this afternoon because of snowy and stormy weather. People traveling in Iceland are advised to follow updates on weather and road conditions closely.
A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
As reported, inhabitants in Iceland’s capital woke up to a white cover of snow this morning, causing slippery conditions and slow traffic. While drivers were annoyed, Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson captured the snow’s beauty in the following pictures.
A truck blew off the road on the Ring Road on Hellisheiði mountain pass leading from Reykjavík to Hveragerði and South Iceland yesterday evening, as can be seen in the following video. A bus also blew off the road, as the wind speed reached 23 meters per second.
Reykjavík residents woke up to a cover of snow this morning and snow had also fallen in most other regions. Police ask drivers to be aware of slippery road conditions. Two mountain passes in the West Fjords are impassable.
The Icelandic Road Administration has warned drivers that there are spots of ice on Hellisheiði mountain pass to South Iceland as well as on Mosfellsheiði on the way to Þingvellir. Other roads around the country are also covered in spots of ice and wet snow or snow.
The first snow in Reykjavík this fall came rather unexpectedly to town late on Friday night. Meteorologists say this is not unusually early.
Winter has arrived in Iceland judging by the current road conditions in the West Fjords and on mountain passes in West and Northwest Iceland. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning of strong gale wind.
The Holuhraun craters are 900 meters above sea level and even though plenty of heat is being pumped out the temperature in the area is well below zero on Celsius (32°F). The lava is surrounded by snow and that makes an often beautiful effect when the heat and the cold mix.
The Holuhraun eruption seems brighter on webcams than it has been lately. Last night some people thought a new fissure might have opened up. This is not the case.
Many Reykjavík residents have noticed thunder and lightning today, and the sky has been lit up with thunderbolts.
Domestic flights in Iceland were canceled this morning due to a strong gale. New information on the status of flights is expected shortly.