A lack of snow and unseasonably high temperatures has dramatically cut municipal costs for municipalities and road crews in southeastern Norway. Kristiansand, for example, looks set to save around NOK 10 million (USD 1.1 million), and the savings are much more in Oslo.
After newspaper Fædrelandsvennen checked the savings in Kristiansand, newspaper Dagsavisen decided to do the same in the capital. City officials responded that costs for winter maintenance (mostly snow removal and spreading gravel on slippery streets) fell from NOK 48.6 million in January of last year to just NOK 10 million in January 2020.
That amounts to a savings of NOK 38 million, and there’s no snow in the forecast during the first week of February.