Highway and emergency services sent out an unusual warning Friday afternoon: “Don’t drive to your hytte (holiday home) this weekend.” Damage from this week’s extreme weather system called “Gyda” and challenging conditions for repair crews can be further complicated by increased traffic all over central Norway.
Officials at Vegtrafikksentralen i Midt-Norge, which monitors traffic and emergency situations in the region, reported that there were “major challenges” with transport systems and many roads remained closed. Even though state meteorologists reported late Thursday night that the storm was over, weather forecasts remained poor in several areas, with predictions of strong winds. There also are ongoing fears of more landslides and avalanches set off by rapidly changing temperatures.
“Because of the weather warnings, problems with the roads and a lack of mobile phone coverage in some areas, we’re asking people to try to reduce their mobility,” the warning read. “There are still challenging conditions and lots of closed roads, after Gyda.”