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 residents were spotted strolling in shorts and T-shirts on Sunday, as temperatures hit an astonishing 20C and even higher. Outdoor cafés were packed from Bislet to Aker Brygge, as locals soaked up the highly unusual warmth in March.
In Finnmark, Troms and Nordland, meanwhile, strong winds and drifting snow closed roads including the main E6 highway at Tana, which was blocked by yet another avalanche that dumped a 200-meter-wide wall of snow over the highway in Tanadalen. Alta was isolated, with State Highway 93 south to Kautokeino and the E6 over Kvænangsfjellet closed as well.
The state highway department (Statens vegvesen) sent out a message summing it all up with a big “WOW!”on Sunday. It reported stormy weather in all three northern counties, with roads closed, ferries cancelled and airline service delayed. State meteorologist Sjur Wergeland warned that the next several days would also be plagued by strong winds along the coast and more snow, although temperatures were likely to rise up north and fall in the south.