Snow in the south sparks skidding

The season’s first major snowfall in Southern Norway set off lots of accidents heading both into the weekend and out of it. By Monday afternoon, state meteorologists were sending out warnings that slippery road conditions could get even worse. Some locals call it a “national tradition” for Norwegian drivers to skid off roads and collide […]

Norway cold from north to south

Sub-freezing temperatures have set in over most of the country, with record amounts of snow piling up in Tromsø. Snow was also expected over much of Southern Norway on Friday and early next week. It’s been 97 years since it last snowed so much in the autumn in Tromsø. Snow depths have registered 70cm (nearly […]

First snow in the south due Sunday

State officials were warning residents of Southern Norway on Wednesday that they must have winter tires on their vehicles by Sunday. That’s when the first snow is expected over much of the southeast. “Large areas of Østlandet will get the first snow of the autumn on Sunday, and it will keep snowing on Monday,” Geir […]

More cold weather in the forecast

Brrrrr – it’s been cold out there the past few days, and warmer spring weather isn’t predicted to return anytime soon. State meteorologists think it will stay chilly, with more snow expected later in the week. Several areas in central and southern Norway have been hit with more snow, with road warnings up for slippery conditions. […]

Snow halted prime minister’s car

It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues […]

Snow dusts the mountains

The mountains of Southern Norway are supposed to be welcoming summer tourists, hikers and cyclists at this time of year, but folks in Sognefjellet, Valdresflyet and Hardangervidda woke up Tuesday to find wet snow that had dusted the landscape. With more snow expected this week, highway officials are urging caution when driving on mountain roads. […]

Cyclist run over by a tractor

A 19-year-old man driving a tractor to clear snow in Oslo ran over a cyclist in the Sandaker district Tuesday evening. The cyclist, a woman in her 40s, was killed instantly. Police were calling for more witnesses to the fatal accident to report what they’d seen. Police have charged the young man driving the tractor […]

Snow sets records, raises concerns

Heavy snowfall this winter continues to set new records in the hills around Oslo and throughout Southern Norway. At the same time, it’s prompting warnings against over-exertion when it needs to be shoveled away from both driveways and rooftops. Norway’s waterways and energy directorate NVE reported that there hasn’t been as much snow in the […]

Storm battered west and roof collapsed

Warnings had been posted and they proved well-founded: Another severe storm moved in from the North Sea this week and caused damage up and down the coast. Heavy snow farther east, meanwhile, is believed to have caused the roof of a dance hall in Lillehammer to collapse. Meteorologists said that the new storm in the […]

Snow and skiers bring the hills alive

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is having one of its best winters in years in terms of snow for those who love to ski. Brilliant sunshine from north to south made this weekend especially memorable, and skiers in the Oslo area made the hills alive with the sounds of people having a good time, or enjoying the […]