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Snow chaos created trouble at several mountain passes

Sognefjellet.Photo: Statens Vegvesen / NTB scanpix

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Large amounts of snow created demanding driving conditions at several mountain crossings Tuesday morning. The Sognefjellet, Northern Europe’s highest mountain crossing, was closed for a period.

Temperatures fell below zero, and snow fell night to Tuesday.

We have not received any measurements as to how many centimeters, but from the camera there seems to be deep wheel tracks in the road, says traffic operator Tore Tysse at NRK Road Traffic Center.

Driving conditions were considered to be so demanding that County Road 55 over Sognefjellet was closed at 5am, but opened again just after 9am.

County Road 51 at Valdresflye also received snow Tuesday morning. The Road Traffic Center advises motorists who intend to visit the mountans to use winter tyres also in Southern Norway over the next few days .

We are now at a time where people should be alert and follow the road and weather forecasts, warns traffic operator John Andreas Omdal.

Despite the fact that we just entered the month of September, it is not uncommon to have snow this early, according to the Meteorological Institute.

It’s probably not unusual. There were some low temperatures last night. After all, we have entered an autumn month, so there are opportunities for snow high up in the mountains, State meteorologist Anne Solveig Andersen told NRK.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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