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Northern Iceland under evacuation alert as snowstorm approaches

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Alex Shahviri
Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:29 PM -

While Brazil saw some light snowfall this past weekend, on the other side of the world Iceland faces a much more serious blizzard in the coming days.

Forecasts for Iceland include very heavy rain and snowfall later this week. Those in the highlands are being advised to evacuate the area immediately.

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, both Friday and Saturday will hit the highlands hard for much of Northern Iceland. Along with heavy rain, there is expected to be snow over 200-300 metres (approx. 600 feet) above sea level.

With the forecast, many are expecting this storm to be similar to last year’s. The mid-September storm that hit Iceland in 2012 saw huge losses as an estimated 10,000 sheep died after being lost in the mountains – devastating for farmers.

Farmers usually drive their livestock away to other mountain pastures and then go back to round them up before winter. With the quickly approaching snowstorm, farmers may have to bring them back earlier than usual.

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