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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

North and northeast 13-23 m/s, windiest in SE-Iceland. Snow or snow showers in the north and east parts, increasing precipitation today, but mostly dry elsewhere. Temperatures 0 to 5 C below freezing.
Forecast made 23.11.2017 00:59

Forecaster's remarks

Please, note that weather warnings are in effect until tomorrow, Friday. North strong gales the next few days with snow or snowshowers in the north and east parts. Hazardous wind gusts expected by mountains in the south and west parts.

Travellers are advised to check road conditions at the Icelandic Road Authority, weather forecasts and warning before setting off. Rapidly decreasing winds and clearing on Saturday, first in the west parts.
Prepared by the meteorologist on duty 23.11.2017 00:59

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