Early Blizzard – Millions in Damage in IcelandSeptember 17th, 2012 at 1:55 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A very early season blizzard caused millions of dollars in damage in Iceland. Snow piled up 6 to 10 feet deep in drifts! Wind gusts during the storm were 40-50 mph. It is believed to be a new record for snowfall at this time of the year. A State of Emergency was declared. Damage to power lines along was estimated to be equal to 2.4 million U.S. Dollars! Thousands of sheep were buried in the snow and they have been frantically trying to find them and dig them out. 250 Search and Rescue personnel were helping farmers look for the sheep. Check out this video. Roads became impassible. 34 tourists were rescued from their cars north of the Dettifoss waterfall. The damage to power lines is the worst in North Iceland in 17 years. It is believed to be a new record for snowfall at this time of the year. The cool weather continues in Iceland. Reykjavik hasn’t had a day warmer than average since Sept. 3rd. This all comes after record snowfall last winter.