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 […]

Another deadly avalanche in Norway

A 16-year-old boy out snow-mobiling in a valley in southwestern Norway on Sunday afternoon got caught in an avalanche at Åseral in Vest-Agder. He died after being buried under the mounds of snow and ice for three hours. Emergency search and rescue crews numbering around 35 people and including two specially trained dogs struggled to […]

Search postponed for last avalanche victim

Renewed danger of avalanches has prompted search crews in Northern Norway to postpone efforts to find the body of the fourth victim of a fatal avalanche earlier this month. The search will resume this spring. “Unfortunately we’ve come to the point where we simply have to wait until spring before we take up the search […]

Electricity rates hit record highs

Wildly changing weather patterns last year, and a lack of snow in the mountains, have sent electricity rates soaring. Norwegian consumers are getting some shocking bills this month, double what they were at this time last year. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Wednesday that electricity rates have never been so high in Norway, a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brilliant colours for the holiday season

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians celebrated the winter solstice nearly as much as the arrival of the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the days get longer again, the sunsets can be spectacular, offering an opportunity for quiet reflection as julefreden (Christmas peace) settled over the country. Fall and winter are still referred to as mørketiden (the […]

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 […]

Frosty forests show winter is coming

PHOTO FEATURE: While winter has arrived in much of Northern Norway and in the mountains, the Oslo area has been mostly free of snow so far. A sudden drop in temperatures over the weekend provided some frosty landscapes, but state meteorologists warned Tuesday that they may not last long. This placid scene could be found […]