Mountain passes closes due to the cold

Sognefjellet Mountain passesThere will be Snow on Sognefjellet today, July 2nd, 2019. Photo: Vegvesenet.

Mountain passes closes due to cold weather

The mountain passes over Sognefjellet and Strynefjellet are to close for traffic from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning. The reason for this is cold weather.

“We do not want tourists with motor homes to be left stranded up there late in the evening and through the night,” Traffic Operator of the Norwegian Public Roads Central (Vegtrafikksentralen), Morten Hansen, tells Bergens Tidende.

Hansen asks people to consider not to travel by car. He adds that the roads on the mountain passes are not salted in July.


Despite the calendar showing us that we are in the summer month of July, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute issued a yellow level hazard warning on Monday. This as there may be a lot of snowfall in Nordfjord and Møre & Romsdal. This hazard is valid until Thursday morning.

It is expected sleet and snow showers over 800 meters above sea level. The snow may even settle on the ground.



Below 10 degrees Celsius

It’s not just high up that it stays cool. In western Norway, it is not expected temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Eastern Norway escapes from the worst of cold and wind, but it is expected that the temperatures will remain below 20 degrees Celsius there too.

There will be low temperatures for the rest of the week. After that, the summer weather may return.

“According to the forecasts we have at present, the weather probably turns next week,” Meteorologist Lars Andreas Selberg asserts.


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