An orange weather warning is in effect for tomorrow, Friday, in all parts of Iceland. Meteorologists expect it to turn red. It would be only the second time the Icelandic Met Office has issued such a warning. There will be severe disruption to transportation and people are advised to stay indoors and not travel. RÚV reported this first.
Icelandair has already cancelled most of its flight from out of the country and other cancellations are likely. Air Iceland Connect and Ernir have announced cancellations of all domestic flights tomorrow.
Wind will start to strengthen tonight and grow stronger as the night goes on. By the early hours of Friday, the easterly wind will be gale force, even approaching hurricane force in parts of southern Iceland.
The winds will be accompanied by heavy snowfall as well as sleet tomorrow morning, especially in south and east. As the day progresses, the winds will swing to the south, and snowfall will become rain in lowland areas in South Iceland. Sleet will continue to fall in the north.
By tomorrow evening the weather will start to improve. By midnight the winds should have passed. Do not attempt to drive outside of urban areas tomorrow. Secure loose outdoor items and stay inside if possible.