The winter’s first snow started arriving in Southern Norway during the weekend, and a lot more was expected through Tuesday. Meteorologists warned motorists of slippery roads that already were sending some vehicles spinning out of control.
A bus with 30 passengers ran off the road and into a ditch on Myravegen in Arendal on Monday. Other cars faced difficult driving conditions throughout the day, with snow falling heavily in Kristiansand and Vennesla as well.
As the snowstorm moved north, residents in and around Oslo were told to brace for as many as 20 centimeters of snow during the night and heading into Tuesday. Winter tires aren’t required until November 1, so the snow caught many by surprise.
Local workshops around the country were deluged with requests to change tires on Monday, with most facing long waiting time. Tuesday’s snow was expected to turn into rain later in the day, which could make driving even more difficult.