Avoid any unnecessary travel in Iceland today, and follow the weather forecast and reports of road conditions closely if you must travel. That is the advice of ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. “There is simply no weather for travel today,” noted Þorsteinn G. Gunnarsson ICE-SAR’s public relations officer.
A strong or violent gale warning is in effect for most parts of Iceland today, accompanied by snowfall in mountain regions, severely affecting road conditions in mountain passes.
The weather is the worst in the West Fjords right now, with wind gusts well over 30 m/sec in places. In the afternoon, the windiest conditions will be near Vatnajökull glacier in Southeast Iceland and by Eyjafjöll mountains in the south. Ring Road One in Southeast Iceland, from Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the west to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in the east will be closed at 11 am due to high winds and a sandstorm. The Icelandic Road Administration expects to close that road all the way west to Eyjafjöll mountains in South Iceland later today. A decision on that will be announced at noon. Wind gusts near Eyjafjöll mountains could be as strong as 35-40 m/sec.
There is snowfall and a strong gale in mountain passes in the West Fjords right now, and road conditions and visibility are rapidly deteriorating. The precipitation will taper off in the afternoon, but wind speeds will not decrease considerably until after midnight.
Tomorrow’s forecast calls for northeasterly winds of 13-23 m/sec, windiest on the southeast coast.