After weeks of rain throughout most of December, the sun finally came out on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in much of Southern Norway. It all turned into heavy snow and more rain on Saturday, though, making roads and highways hazardous.
Police all over Østlandet and in the mountain regions were issuing warnings Saturday of slippery roads that contributed to several car accidents resulting in personal injury. Østfold was hit the hardest, with one motorist losing control of his car and crashing into the center barricade. “Driving conditions are very challenging, so everyone is urged to drive very carefully,” Finn Håvard Aas of the Øst Police District told state broadcaster NRK.
Police issued warnings on social media of “extremely slippery roads throughout the district.” Others cars slid into ditches and one collided with a tree, in Elverum, Asker, Våler and Vestby. Several mountain passes were also difficult to cross, with motorists urged to check warnings posted by the state highway department (Statens vegvesen) before driving over, for example, Hardangervidda.
Winter has also set in with a vengeance, meanwhile, in Northern Norway, where it was snowing in most of Finnmark and Troms, with temperatures down to double-digit minus.