Extreme weather: Mountain passes, roads, and ferries in Norway affected by storm

SnowstormPhoto: Statens Vegvesen / NTB

The extreme weather event “Gyda” is here, and in the north of Norway, gusts of wind stopped ferry service. Multiple mountain passes in the north and south are closed.

The wind is strong along the coast of Møre, Trøndelag, and Nordland.

On the Røst and Værøy islands off Lofoten, people can expect 11-meter-high waves, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports. 

Several ferries across the Vestfjord have already been canceled. According to the weather service portwind.no, gusts of over 40 meters per second have been measured in Stamsund in Lofoten.

High waves

On-duty meteorologist Jon Austerheim at the Meteorological Institute warns of small to full-scale storms in several places from Stad to Nordland.

There will be waves of about 11 meters outside Lofoten west of Røst and Værøy on Wednesday.

During the day, the highest waves (about 9 meters high) will hit further south, outside Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag.

The storm will also affect the roads.

There is column driving on the E6 over Saltfjellet and E134 Haukelifjell, while national road 13 Vikafjellet, national road 15 Strynefjellet, county road 50 Aurland-Hol, and county road 53 Tyin-Årdal are closed. It is very slippery on national road 52 Hemsedalsfjellet, but the road is open.

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