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 […]

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 […]

Winter weather set to return

Everyone who thought spring had arrived in Southern Norway is likely to be disappointed by the latest forecast for Wednesday. State meteorologists are predicting up to 15 centimeters of snow in the southeast, including coastal areas around Kristiansand where flowers had already started blooming. “There can be difficult driving conditions, so don’t drive unless you […]

Norway likely to drop standard time

The Norwegian government will more than likely follow the European Union’s decision on Tuesday to stop alternating between standard- and daylight savings time. Trade Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen thinks most Norwegians will prefer staying on daylight savings time year-round. “I must admit that I think its just fine to stop changing the time on the […]

Truck collision left young man dead

A collision earlier this winter between a car and a large truck on slippery roads in Northern Norway set off a national debate over commercial vehicles that aren’t well-enough equipped for winter driving conditions. Now the young man in the car has died from the serious injuries he sustained in the collision. The death of […]

Warmest February ever in five counties

It’s official: February’s warm weather sent thermometers soaring to record highs in five Norwegian counties, while the average temperature was 3.5 degrees over what’s normal on a nationwide basis. Norway’s state meteorologic institute has released new statistics that heat up the warnings about climate change. February was among the warmest months on a seasonal basis […]

Electricity rates fall back

Warmer weather and more precipitation have helped bring down electricity rates in Norway, after an unusually expensive January. They hit their lowest level in three months this past week. “We’ve gone from a situation with cold, winter weather to milder, and not least wetter, weather forecasts,” John Brottesmo, a power analyst for Kinect Energy, told […]

‘Winter holiday’ is the new Easter

The first week of Norway’s traditional winter holiday began on Monday, but with temperatures well above the freezing point even in many mountain areas, it’s resembling spring much more than winter. Some are calling it “the new Easter,” which itself comes so late this year that many may be heading abroad instead of out skiing. […]

Storms caused ‘enormous’ damage

Local officials and not least home- and vehicle owners were assessing the damage caused over the weekend by the latest severe storm to slam into Nordland County. Damage estimates were hitting tens of millions of kroner, not least in Vesterålen. Sture Pedersen, mayor of Bø in Vesterålen, reported how the storm raged all night, damaging […]

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 […]