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 […]

Major autumn storm rams northern coast

State meteorologists warned that a new storm with waves as high as 12 meters (nearly 40 feet) would ram the coast of Northern Norway on Tuesday. Helgeland, between Bodø and Bronnøysund, was due to be hit hardest. Strong winds and as much as 100mm of rain were also expected as the storm moved in from […]

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 […]

Spectacular weekend weather cools down

Warm winds from the Mediterranean got the credit for one of the most beautiful weekends of the year, weather-wise, all over Southern Norway. The sun shone down from a brilliant blue sky, sending thermometers up to 22C in Oslo on Saturday. While folks in Northern Norway shivered on both Saturday and Sunday, with a blend […]

Landslide forces more evacuations

Residents of around 25 houses in Nittedal just north of Oslo don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes after a landslide earlier this week left a huge hole near the communitiy of Hagan. Damage to infrastructure also left large portions of Nittedal as far north as Hakadal without electricity or water. […]

Extreme weather stuns Vestlandet

UPDATED: Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway). Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to […]

Equinor vows to clean up oil spill

Norway’s state oil company Equinor (ex-Statoil) was being bashed by environmentalists over the weekend for failing to better secure its oil terminal in the Bahamas. Last week’s devastating Hurricane Dorian ripped the covers off oil storage tanks, resulting in an oil spill that Equinor itself reports is around 1.3 kilometers long. “This is a catastrophe, […]

Mountain finally crashes down

The most worrisome portion of Norway’s highly unstable mountain, Mannen in Romsdalen, finally came crashing down to the valley below Thursday night. State broadcaster NRK captured the massive rockslide while local residents and geologists celebrated, after five years of steady alarms and frequent evacuations. “Nå skjer det! (Now it’s happening!)” Thrilled spectators could be heard […]