Freezing rain created hazardous roads

Rain falling on frozen asphalt made roads slippery and hazardous all over the country on Tuesday, and that was blamed for a series of collisions and a 14-car pile-up on the E18 near Holmestrand south of Oslo. Police were slowly escorting convoys of cars on the E6 motorway in Østfold county after dozens of cars […]

West Coast rides out storm and flooding

State metorologists declared around midday on Thursday that the latest extreme weather system to hit Norway’s West Coast, known as Vidar, had topped out. Sea levels were lower than predicted, and flooding limited, but water was still causing problems in many areas. Bergen’s historic wharf Bryggen was spared the worst-case scenarios, but sea levels rose […]

West Coast braced for storm and floods

Yet another storm accompanied by extremely high seas and tides were already setting in along Norway’s West Coast on Wednesday. “The water levels will be even higher than we thought,” said state meteorologist Anne-Mette Olsen as the extreme weather system known as Vidar threatened property damage. “I think a lot of people will have problems with […]

New storms pound the west and north

Western and Northern Norway were being battered once again on Friday by storms that closed roads, cancelled ferries and resulted in several accidents. Mountain roads in Southern Norway were also subject to closure or posted as having hazardous driving conditions. Stong winds blew over a bus carrying 40 teenagers that had slid off the E6 highway just north of […]

Cold snap heads south

Residents of Karasjok in Northern Norway shivered through a night of temperatures falling to as low as minus-41.6C. In Tana, farther to the east in Finnmark County, school bus routes were cancelled as the cold snap started spreading south. The sudden return of winter was forecast on Tuesday, with meteorologists noting that it follows months of unusually […]

Winter returns after record warmth

UPDATED: Winter was finally returning to most of the Norwegian territory this week. After months of unseasonably warm temperatures, not least on Svalbard, subzero temperatures were setting in and even Oslo residents were told to brace for temperatures down to as low as minus-8C on Thursday. Thermometers in Northern Norway, meanwhile, were due to show double-digit numbers […]

Oslo’s fireworks disappeared in the fog

The City of Oslo, which has banned private use of fireworks in and around downtown for safety reasons, spent NOK 800,000 (USD 93,000) putting on another public fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, hardly anyone was able to see it. After a clear, sunny day on Saturday, a sudden fog enveloped Oslo just before midnight. […]

West Coast saturated by another deluge

UPDATED: Norway’s West Coast, especially the area from Stad south to Bergen and Stavanger, headed into another wet and wild holiday weekend, just as weather conditions were settling down much farther north, on Svalbard. Warnings were posted once again, for heavy rain in four counties, and they were mostly all saturated by Friday night. As evacuation […]

Meteorologists ready to name next big storm

As Southern Norway mops up after this week’s big storm known as Urd, state meteorologists already have a name ready for the next one. It more than likely will be a man’s name beginning with the letter “V.” “The meteorologic institute follows the practice of the naming committee of the world meteorologic organization, with every […]

Evacuations begin on stormy Svalbard

The top local administrator on Norway’s Arctic island group of Svalbard began ordering evacuations on Wednesday, as a major storm moved in that threatened to set off avalanches.  The order came after advice from the state agency charged with monitoring avalanche danger, NVE. Svalbard’s top official Kjerstin Askholt, known as sysselmannen, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that […]