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Travellers planning on trips in West Iceland tonight might want to revise their travel plans. A yellow weather alert has been issued for the region around Breiðafjörður bay, including the northern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula and the Southern Westfjords. Gale force winds can create dangerous driving conditions near mountains.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a Yellow Weather alert, effective from 22:00 (10 pm) tonight, Friday. The alert is in effect until 10:00 (10 am) tomorrow morning.
The IMO is warning of southeast 13-20 m/s (29-45 mph) wind and wind gusts of up to 30 m/s (67 mph). These kinds of winds can be dangerous as they create hazardous driving conditions for vehicles that are susceptible to strong winds. People driving RVs or pulling travel trailers or campers should stay off the road in the affected area while the storm passes over.
Travellers should remember keep two things in mind:
1) Expect powerful windgusts when driving near steep mountain sides. In the worst storms individual gusts can easily reach hurricane force, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles or blowing cars off the road.
2) Driving conditions become progressively more difficult at higher altitudes. The Ring Road crosses several mountain passes and heaths where driving conditions can deteriorate rapidly.
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