State meteorologists were warning this week that another change in the weather can cause problems for motorists in Norway’s most heavily populated areas around Oslo. Currently cold temperatures are due to rise and bring rain that can freeze on contact with the ground.
A low-pressure system from the west was expected to bring rain, at times heavy, to Southern Norway and the southeastern area known as Østlandet. Sleet and snow may come first, turning into rain that can make driving dangerous on Thursday.
“We can quickly have traffic chaos,” Lillian Bergheim of weather forecasting service StormGeo told newspaper Aftenposten on Tuesday. After the past several days of clear, dry and cold weather, which created some wintry landscapes around Oslo, the weather is about to turn.
Bergheim predicted snow, sleet and rain on Thursday, with some areas bound to get as much as 80 millimeters of precipitation. The direction of the wind, she said, will determine whether the Oslo area is hit by more rain or snow on Friday.
The West Coast was also due for some heavy precipitation in the form of sleet, snow and rain as well as the high pressure system currently over Southern Norway moves east. The most rain was predicted in counties of Agder and Telemark.