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 […]

Mild winter cuts costs

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 […]

‘Snow’ opens when none is outdoors

It’s been called “a monument to climate change,” but the manager of the Oslo area’s new indoor skiing center called Snø (Snow) insists it “neither can nor will replace winter.” It’s just a coincidende, apparently, that the huge facility adjacent to the busy E6 highway at Lørenskog opened in the middle of the warmest January on […]

Ski season opens after surprise snow

PHOTO FEATURE: The lakes aren’t frozen yet, but skiers in many parts of Southern Norway got a welcome surprise after lots of snow fell both before and during the weekend. Trailblazers made their winter debut, in the middle of autumn for a change. Caution is still needed and it may be awhile before skiers can […]

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. […]