Search crews find one of four avalanche victims

Search crews that finally were able to dig through snowdrifts in efforts to find the bodies of four missing skiers recovered one of them Wednesday morning. The skiers, three men from Finland and a woman from Sweden, were caught in an avalanche in Tamokdalen on January 2. Massive search and rescue efforts were hampered by […]

Thermometers due to plummet

More winter weather chaos disrupted airline traffic in Western Norway on Tuesday, as meteorologists warned of a major cold snap setting in all over the country later this week. Temperatures are likely to sink down to minus-16C in Oslo, and minus-20C in the far north. Bergen’s Flesland Airport was forced to close Tuesday morning after […]

Stormy weather hits Northern Norway hard

Flights, ferries and most all other forms of transport were hit hard on Friday when a powerful winter storm slammed into much of Nordland County, Troms and Finnmark. Most mountain roads were closed, many flights were grounded and state highway authorities at Statens vegvesen warned that traffic trouble could drag on. Dozens of cars and […]

Residents evacuated as storm hits Svalbard

More than 100 residents of Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, were evacuated after a severe winter storm slammed into the Arctic island group on Svalbard. Schools, day care centers and several stores and businesses were also closed, as meteorologists warned that the weather would get worse before getting better. Avalanche danger was set at […]

Avalanche warnings north and west

More warnings of high avalanche danger were posted late this week from Møre in the southwest to Troms in the north. Emergency crews in Troms, meanwhile, were making another attempt Friday to search for four skiers who disappeared in an area that’s had several avalanches in recent days. Bad weather thwarted efforts to send helicopters […]

Bad weather cancels some fireworks

Stormy weather that slammed into Norway’s northwest coast on Monday forced several cities to cancel their traditional fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. Winds were so strong that it was dangerous send up rockets. “We have to think ‘safety first,’” Eigunn Stav Sætre, culture chief for the City of Kristiansund, told state broadcaster NRK late […]

Stormy weather on New Year’s Eve

Wet and wild weather was in the forecast for New Year’s Eve. The worst weather was expected in the Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag counties. Dreams of clear, starry skies full of New Year’s fireworks were unlikely to come true, according to state meteorologists. They were predicting lots of rain, not snow, and strong winds […]

White Christmas, with some grey

Oslo residents were able to enjoy a mostly White Christmas this holiday season, even though no fresh snow fell to soften and help groom ski tracks. Stormy weather closed several mountain passes during the holidays, but they were opening up again in time for the romjul period between Christmas and New Year. The snow that […]

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 […]

Weather can make driving hazardous

State meteorologists were warning this week that another change in the weather can cause problems for motorists in Norway’s most heavily populated areas around Oslo. Currently cold temperatures are due to rise and bring rain that can freeze on contact with the ground. A low-pressure system from the west was expected to bring rain, at […]