Heavy snowfall in Eastern Norway – small storm on Dovrefjell

Snow in OsloPhoto: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB
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Large amounts of snow fell in Oslo, Viken, and Innlandet on Thursday night. Both the police and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have asked people to take it easy in traffic.

More snow has been forecast on Thursday, and the police’s call to motorists who have planned to hit the roads is clear:

“We recommend all motorists to adapt their speed to the conditions and that trucks have tire-chains available,” the Oslo Police District wrote on Twitter.

“We encourage road users to adapt their speed to the conditions and calculate extra good time. All of the plow crews are busy,” the Road Traffic Center reported.

All mountain passes between Eastern Norway and Western Norway were also closed on Thursday morning. When they can open again is not clear.

“There have been up to 10 to 15 centimeters of snow in the west, a little less in the east. We are not done yet – it will continue to snow for the next six hours. The precipitation comes as snow because it is so cold. The temperature is below zero in the Oslo area,” State Meteorologist Terje Walløe told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The tram is still on the track

When NTB contacted Sporveien, which is responsible for the tram and the subway in Oslo, in the morning hours on Thursday, the situation looked good, and the snowy weather had not created any problems.

“It does not look like we have any challenges so far, for neither tram nor subway. All departures are going as they should,” senior communications consultant Ina Helen Østby at Sporveien said.

Just before 10 o’clock, however, some problems began to appear. Subway line 1 had to cancel the departure from Frognerseteren at 9:43 AM. Shortly afterward, Sporveien announced on Twitter that there were major problems with a lot of snow that had packed under the rails on the same line.

“This creates problems for the subway on the section Frognerseteren-Holmenkollen. Delays and canceled departures must be calculated on this route,” Sporveien wrote.

More cancellations

For Ruter, the situation is different. The driving conditions are demanding, which has led to several departures being delayed or canceled.

“We encourage all travelers to calculate extra good time. Also, follow ruter.no or the travel planner if you are going to travel,” press officer Øystein Dahl Johansen at Ruter informed.

Small storm on Dovrefjell

It is not only in the Oslo area that snow chaos has been reported. Several trucks and trailers are stuck at Dombås due to the bad weather. 

The Road Traffic Center reported on Twitter that the E6 at Dovrefjell is closed due to bad weather.

“It’s blowing at 23 meters per second, corresponding to a small storm on the mountain. New assessment at 1:00 PM,” the center reported.  

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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