Warm sunshine set to fade

When Norway switched to daylight savings time (called sommertid) over the weekend, the timing couldn’t have been better. Along with the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, which now extends to around 8:30pm, came a sudden surge of warm summer weather but it may fade away soon. Residents of Southern Norway have been basking in warm sunshine since Saturday, […]

Wild weather shines and storms

While Southern Norway basked under sunshine and blue skies in summer-like temperatures over the weekend, Northern Norway was hit by another onslaught of snowstorms and stong winds that disrupted traffic all over the region. State meteorologists predicted more of the same this week, while southerners may need to bundle up again as well. Many Oslo […]

Storms keep mountain roads closed

Only two highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were open on Friday because of ongoing blizzards, strong winds and such poor visibility that road crews can’t keep them cleared. Motorists remained stuck and those planning weekend trips were urged to drop them. Only the E16 highway over Filefjell and the RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet were […]

Missing tourist found after avalanche

As strong winds continued to pound much of Southern Norway on Wednesday, the rough weather also dramatically raised the risk of avalanches in the mountains. A German skier was missing Wednesday afternoon after slides around Hardangervidda, but later found alive, while a group of high school students had a frightening experience during the night. “Avoid any areas bounded by […]

Snowstorm shuts mountain roads

UPDATED: State highway officials were reporting Wednesday morning that all highways over the mountains of Southern Norway were either closed or restricted to convoy driving, because of hazardous weather conditions. Snow and strong winds were still creating traffic chaos Wednesday evening, and stranding many motorists. Both the highway officials and police were urging motorists to give […]

SAS cancels all flights to New York

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled all its flights to New York on Tuesday because of warnings that a powerful snowstorm would be ramming the city with full force. New Yorkers were bracing for up to 60 centimeters of snow and strong winds. Residents along most of the the US’ northeast coast were preparing for an onslaught that also […]

Strong winds, snow closed key mountain highways

State highway officials were forced to close some key highways over the mountains of Southern Norway on Sunday, and two of them remained closed on Monday. That disrupted traffic for thousands of Norwegians trying to get home after a week of winter holiday when schools were closed. The highways over Haukelifjell (E134) and Hardangervidda (RV7) were still closed […]

Winter holidays may soon melt away

Scenic landscapes, crisp cold air and lots of snow for skiing have created the tradition of winter holidays for millions of Norwegians over the years. As many headed home over the weekend from mountain cabins and hotels, though, they were acutely aware that the tradition is under threat because of the lack of the most […]

Another avalanche rams Longyearbyen

UPDATED: NVE, the state agency responsible for issuing avalanche warnings, admitted it made a mistake Tuesday after more tons of snow, ice, dirt and rocks thundered down on a residental area of Longyearbyen on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard on Tuesday. Agency personnel had posted high avalanche danger in other areas but hadn’t expected another […]

Hazards abound as roads turned to ice

Police in nearly all the counties of southern and central Norway were posting warnings Thursday morning that roads and highways were so slippery that even the trucks sent out to salt and gravel them were sliding out of control. Motorists were strongly urged to leave their vehicles parked. The situation was especially serious in the counties […]