ICELAND is expecting heavy snowfall this week, according to the Iceland Met Office, which has issued a countrywide yellow weather warning beginning Wednesday.
During the weather warning, sleet and snow in the north of the country will be heavy enough to cover the mountains and could pose a substantial threat to livestock in the area.
High winds are expected to topple vehicles and damage infrastructure.
— Halldór Högurður (@hogurdur) September 18, 2018
It’s been six years since Iceland has seen comparable Sept/Oct weather.
Meteorologists at the Iceland Met Office likened the expected snowfall to that in 2012, when a state of emergency was declared in the north of the country.
At that time, the storm unfolded before Iceland’s famous sheep roundups had been completed, and many sheep died from being buried in the snow for days on end.
All across the country, farmers have begun rounding up their sheep, gathering them in from the mountains to the north, where the most severe weather is expected during the next few days.
February 2017, saw Reykjavik’s snowfall peak at 51cm, a record for the month of February.
And only once in history has this been topped, when snowfall in the city reached 55cm in January 1937.
With this early start to the snow season, and a brutal NH winter in the forecast linked to a major drop-off in solar activity, I think bets are on for this winter smashing that 1937 record.