Snow sets records, raises concerns

Heavy snowfall this winter continues to set new records in the hills around Oslo and throughout Southern Norway. At the same time, it’s prompting warnings against over-exertion when it needs to be shoveled away from both driveways and rooftops. Norway’s waterways and energy directorate NVE reported that there hasn’t been as much snow in the […]

Experts predict an Olympic gold rush

Norwegian skiing experts are perhaps overly optimistic, but they’re predicting that Norway’s winter sports athletes will win no less than 50 medals at the Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. At least 20 will be gold, according to the experts and former champions polled by state broadcaster NRK. Norway has dominated winter sports competition […]

New weather warnings up in southwest

State meteorologists were warning of more heavy winter weather during the next few days, with up to 60 centermeters of snow in southwestern Norway. State broadcaster NRK reported Thursday evening that temperatures around the freezing point and lots of precipitation can quickly lead to hazardous road conditions. The state meteorological institute sent out alerts covering […]

Complaints pile up over snow and ice

Southern Norway is in the midst of its snowiest winter in years, creating huge challenges for those responsible for clearing streets and sidewalks. Ice has also caused problems, with local emergency rooms in Oslo dealing with an average of 48 patients a day with broken bones after falling. Skiers are rejoicing, but state broadcaster NRK […]

Snow and skiers bring the hills alive

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is having one of its best winters in years in terms of snow for those who love to ski. Brilliant sunshine from north to south made this weekend especially memorable, and skiers in the Oslo area made the hills alive with the sounds of people having a good time, or enjoying the […]

Moose fell onto metro tracks, halting service

A wayward moose, possibly hungry and confused by all the snow that’s fallen in the Oslo area lately, wound up roaming into suburban Bærum on Tuesday and onto a bridge. The large animal then fell from the bridge onto the tracks of the Oslo area’s public transit metro line, with fatal consequences. Jan Rustad, spokesman […]

Accidents soar on slippery roads

One of Norway’s major insurance companies, Gjensidige Forsikring, received fully 440 accident reports from its customers just between Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Most of them were blamed on suddenly icy roads that left vehicles skidding in all directions. “I was startled when I saw these numbers,” the company’s communications director Bjarne Rysstad told news bureau […]

Warnings up for slippery streets

UPDATED: Public transport was recommended as the best alternative where available on Wednesday: Exceptionally hazardous driving conditions caused by rain freezing on roads made them “slippery as soap,” while pedestrians were also urged to be careful on slick sidewalks. State meteorologists issued a new batch of warnings on Tuesday that were reinforced on Wednesday, as […]

Outdoor cinema gone with the wind

TROMSØ: Strong Arctic winds in Tromsø spoiled plans for an outdoor cinema at its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) that started rolling this week. Otherwise the popular film festival was attracting large crowds as usual and packing local hotels and restaurants. It’s the 28th time the film festival is being held in Norway’s Arctic […]

Snowstorms spur ‘chaos’ in southeast

Blizzards that were leaving some areas with as much as 70 centimeters of snow (more than two feet) all but paralyzed transport in counties stretching from Agder to Oslo and Østfold on Tuesday. Nearly 20,000 households were also without electricity Tuesday morning. Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was scrambling to keep up with the onslaught […]