|Digging ourselves out|
|Mánaljós happy in the snow|
By evening the wind lets up, but not the snow. It’s a little easier taking a walk now though without the wind. People have started digging out their cars but the plows have trouble keeping up. The smaller side streets in fact won’t be plowed for a week. Snow is piling up shoulder high. Heavy snow hangs from the eaves of the rooftops and sidewalks downtown are roped off for danger of falling snow. Lots of people are outside, even late into the night, just looking around, taking pictures.
The temperatures have risen today and the snow is very thick and heavy. I get several text messages on my cell phone from the local police warning about avalanches. This is an interesting new experience for me. Lots of roads and regions are closed, including the road to the airport and to Reykjavík. No supplies have been able to arrive into town for days and there is no more milk in the stores. The local joke is that the supermarket is bringing in two of its cows and selling milk straight from the source in the store’s parking lot this evening – bring your own milk jug.
|To the bakery on sled|
Boats are being sent out to pick up people trapped on the road to Súðavík by avalanches. One of the neighbors says this is the most snow that has fallen in just 24 hours since the big avalanches of 1995 that killed numerous people in Flateyri and Súðavík. The neighbors are blaming me for the snow, since it was my biggest wish to have a great winter up here this year. And I do love it all and have a permanent grin on my face.