Most mountain roads open for holiday traffic

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Norway’s state highway department (Statens vegvesen) reported Tuesday that nearly all the main roads over the mountains of southern Norway were open, making it easier to drive home for Christmas. The weather can change quickly, though, so motorists were urged to be prepared for possible delays.

The most heavily used roads over Haukelifjell (E134), Filefjell (E16) and Hardangervidda (RV7) were all open Tuesday morning despite some stormy weather and large amounts of rain, sleet and some snow. Temperatures were just below the freezing point and some roads could be slick, officials cautioned.

The state highways RV15 over Strynefjellet and RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet were also open as were county highways FV 50 from Hol to Aurland and FV 53 from Årdal to Tyin, albeit with snow and ice covering them all.

The only mountain pass closed on Tuesday was state highway RV13 over Vikafjellet, which was closed by bad weather but could reopen for convoy driving.

Highway officials urged all motorists to have plenty of warm clothes in their cars, along with food and warm drinks in case roads suddenly needed to close.

newsinenglish.no staff