More snow boosts flood warnings

The weather this week has been nothing like the “mild May” conditions Norwegians like to sing about. Road authorities were warning motorists on Tuesday against driving over the mountains without winter tires, and to brace for floods later this spring. There’s rarely been so much snow in Northern Norway, and the mountains are still full […]

Millions earmarked for roadwork

The state plans to both repair roads and stimulate the economy by earmarking another NOK 600 million (USD 57 million) for projects to be spread evenly throughout the country. Transport Minister Knut Arild Hareide of the Christian Democrats told state broadcaster NRK this week that the state highway department (Statens vegvesen) had settled on NOK 188 […]

Storm warnings posted again

Norwegian media were sending out warnings from state meteorologists on Friday about yet another storm moving in from the north Atlantic and slamming right into Norway from north to south, just as thousands of Norwegian are heading to or from the mountains for winter holidays. “Especially bad weather” was predicted through Saturday, with several mountain […]

Storms and flooding halt trains, ferries

More stormy weather and high tides set off flooding that forced closure of train stations in Drammen and Halden on Monday. Strong winds and high seas also halted ferries all over Southern Norway, where mountain roads also had to close. The river running through Drammen rose so high that tracks were submerged at the train […]

More storms hammer Western Norway

Roads were closed and communities isolated in Western Norway on Monday, after snow followed by heavy rainstorms raised the threat of landslides. Stormy weather was once again spoiling the holidays between Christmas and the New Year. Authorities raised the warning levels for avalanches, mud- and rock slides late Sunday in the counties of Møre og […]

Rockslide shocks highway officials

A brand-new stretch of Norway’s highly trafficked E18 highway around Larvik was hailed as the “project of the year” when it was completed just last year. Several tons of rock and boulders ended up crashing down on its southbound lanes heading into the weekend, and officials claim they’ll “turn every stone” until they find out […]

Snow warnings posted in the mountains

Unusually mild weather and rain was abruptly giving way to colder temperatures and even snow in both Northern- and Southern Norway this week. State highway officials were warning motorists not to drive into or over the mountains unless their vehicles are already equipped with winter tires. That’s often not necessary until November, but as much […]

Road tolls threaten the government

It couldn’t have been the happiest of birthdays for Progress Party leader and Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who turned 50 on Saturday. Not only has she had to deal with a string of errant party colleagues in government, now she faces a road toll rebellion that may collide head on with her government colleagues and […]

Mayor harassed, ministers shocked

Norwegian leaders right up to the prime minister’s office were shocked to hear this week about how opponents of road tolls (bompenger) in the Stavanger area have harassed a local mayor and her family. Now the government mnister in charge of local governments is calling in the leaders of all political parties to address what she […]

Wet weekend predicted in the south

State meteorologists were warning Friday that the sunny skies over much of Southern Norway were about to be replaced by dark clouds that are likely to burst with heavy rain along the coast, not snow. The abrupt change in the weather was likely to melt the snow already on the ground and create difficult driving […]