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 […]

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 […]

Influensa sweeps through the country

Thousands of Norwegians have been starting off the New Year sick with a flu virus that health authorities report has now hit all counties from north to south. Oslo and Akershus have the highest numbers of cases, but many are ill in Trøndelag, too. The inland counties of Hedmark and Oppland are also reporting “very many” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brighter days to follow ‘jul’ storms

After a string of dark and foggy days, the sun finally made an appearance in Oslo again on the day after the winter solstice. Thousands of travelers heading for jul (Christmas) celebrations, however, were warned of storms in the mountains and along the west coast. State meteorologists were urging motorists planning to drive over mountains between […]

Extremely slippery roads snarled traffic

A change in the weather led to what Norwegians dread most when out driving: rain that freezes when it hits the asphalt. Cars, trucks and buses were swerving out of control all over Central and Southern Norway this week. “We urge everyone to drive extra carefully,” wrote police on Twitter, especially in the early morning […]

Finnmark clobbered by winter storm

Nearly 30 roads were closed in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark on Friday and police were urging residents against trying to drive anywhere. Strong winds, poor visibility, landslides and extremely slippery conditions made travel hazardous. Even the police themselves were reluctant to attempt any. “We’re letting the cars stay parked when conditions call for it,” Bjørn […]

New weekend storm warnings posted

State meteorologists were warning residents of southern Norway to hold onto their hats heading into the weekend. Another major storm was bearing down on Central Norway and the West Coast, while Eastern Norway would be hit by strong winds. Pouring rain is expected to sweep sideways over Trøndelag and Vestlandet, when the storm moves in […]

Evacuation orders lifted on Svalbard

Residents of Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard who’d been evacuated earlier this week because of storm damage fears were allowed to return to their homes on Thursday. Officials think the danger is finally over. Svalbard’s local governor (sysselmannen) lifted the evacuation orders for Gruvedalen and byhundegården, while Melkeveien was also reopened. Governor Kjerstin Askholt stated in […]