Another batch of rough weather was bearing down on Norway’s West Coast, and expected to hit with full force on Thursday. Strong winds and rocky seas were already causing problems on Wednesday.
State meteorologist Kristin Seter warned that the counties of Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland were due to bear the brunt of the storm that was sweeping in from the western portion of the Norwegian Sea. “We’ll be getting lots of wind in Vestlandet,” Seter told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Wednesday afternoon.
West Cape braces for the worst
The West Cape at Stad would probably get the most wind, up to 30 meters per second. Residents were warned to take in all loose items and fasten down others.
Rogaland and Møre og Romsdal were also bracing for strong winds, with more snow and ice expected in the mountains. The E16 highway near Oddebrui at Maristova, on the way up to Filefjell, was closed Wednesday after cars spun off the road.
“Five large trucks had problems because of the slippery roads,” Tina Fjeldalvi, traffic operator at Vegtrafikksentralen in Bergen, told NRK. She said emergency crews arrived quickly and the road had since been salted.
Mountain passes may close
Blizzard-like conditions were also causing problems with visibility and mountain passes could close at any time. State highway RV7 over Hardangervidda was open only for vehicles organized in convoys. County road FV 55 over Sognefjellet was closed because of stormy conditions and would not reopen until the weather cleared.
Warnings were also up on other mountain highways including the E6 over Dovrefjell, the E134 over Haukelifjell, RV 52 over Hemsedalsfjellet, RV 15 over Strynefjellet, and RV 13 over Vikafjellet.