This winter’s first orange weather warning
Yellow alerts will be in place for the western half of Iceland, as well as Northeast Iceland, from this evening and through tomorrow, until midnight. Driving conditions are expected to worsen very quickly on mountain roads.
The yellow weather alert begins at 17.00 today for the Westfjords, Breiðafjörður and Faxaflói (the bay between the capital and Snæfellsnes). It will remain until the morning, but is reinstated for tomorrow afternoon and evening. Winds of 15-23 metres per second are expected, with snowfall, or sleet. Driving conditions could be very poor; especially on mountainous roads on Snæfellsnes. The same is expected to be true on Hellisheiði and other high roads in the south from about 19.00.
The capital region can expect to be hit at around the same time, with snowfall turning to significant rain later in the night. Travel conditions in the city could be tricky—especially in higher neighbourhoods.
Gentler weather tomorrow morning will give way to renewed yellow alerts from midday until midnight.
The orange weather warnings for Strandir and Northwest Iceland start at 20.00 this evening and winds are expected to reach 28 metres per second in places, with significant snowfall or sleet.
Meteorologist Helga Ívarsdóttir tells RÚV the approaching storm is a very typical Icelandic winter storm. Weather warnings are common at this time of year—though this autumn and early winter have been particularly calm so far.
People are encouraged to secure loose items outdoors, to not attempt travel between towns in affected areas, and to expect delays.
The forecast for Friday looks bright and dry, with temperatures above freezing in most places; though still windy.