After a solid week with clear blue skies and sunshine, residents of southern Norway were being told to brace for more snow, rain and storms. The bad weather threatened to especially cause problems for organizers, athletes and more than 100,000 sports fans attending the Biathlon World Championships that start Wednesday at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Fog started moving in on Monday, abruptly ending the glorious weather of last week. State meteorologists were forecasting as much as 30 centimeters of new snow in the southernmost parts of the country (Sørlandet) on Tuesday and another five to seven centimters on Wednesday.
In eastern Norway, and around the Oslo area, around five to seven centimeters were predicted on Tuesday followed by 20 centimeters on Wednesday, right when the opening ceremonies are scheduled for the world championships.
“And folks shouldn’t rule out that it can be a bit chaotic on the roads Wednesday morning,” meteorologist Nina Larsgård told state broadcaster NRK. Blizzards were predicted in the mountains and in western Rogaland County, which was also expected to get up to 30 centimeters of snow from Tuesday to Wednesday.
“The snow can blow sideways all the way from Rogaland to Stad,” said meteorologist Gunnar Livvik in Bergen. “It can be worst in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane, with full storm.”
The weather was expected to be much better in Northern Norway, with some clear skies and sunshine, but strong winds and cold temperatures, down to minus 20C on Finnmarksvidda.