Everyone who thought spring had arrived in Southern Norway is likely to be disappointed by the latest forecast for Wednesday. State meteorologists are predicting up to 15 centimeters of snow in the southeast, including coastal areas around Kristiansand where flowers had already started blooming.
“There can be difficult driving conditions, so don’t drive unless you have the tires for it,” warned meteorologist Rafael Escobar Løvdahl. That applies to all those who already shifted to summer tires, which is not uncommon in April.
Løvdahl told NRK that the wintry forecast applies to all of Sørlandet (the southern coast) along with the counties of Telemark, Buskerud and Vestfold. “The greatest amounts of snow and sleet will fall west of the Oslo Fjord and south to Sørlandet,” Løvdahl said. At low elevations the snow will turn into rain through the rest of the day.
In Northern Norway, meanwhile, heavy snowfall has generated chaos even in areas where residents are accustomed to severe winter weather. Tromsø has been all but buried in recent days, with snowbanks now so high along plowed streets that parents were warning their children on Tuesday not to climb up on them because they almost reach overhead power lines.