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The Foreigner Norway weather chaos continues. Friday’s snow and wind bring renewed challenges for air, road, and rail passengers in the southern half of Norway following yesterday’s severe storms. The Public Roads Authority (NPRA/Statens vegvesen) state they are struggling to maintain proper conditions. Difficult mountain passes Single-file traffic restrictions over Hardangervidda and Haukelifjell were in effect earlier this morning.

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Norway weather chaos continues

Published on Friday, 6th December, 2013 at 11:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 6th December 2013 at 13:44.

Friday’s snow and wind bring renewed challenges for air, road, and rail passengers in the southern half of Norway following yesterday’s severe storms.



The Public Roads Authority (NPRA/Statens vegvesen) state they are struggling to maintain proper conditions.

Difficult mountain passes

Single-file traffic restrictions over Hardangervidda and Haukelifjell were in effect earlier this morning.

Roads on Dovrefjell (Oppland and Sør-Trøndelag Counties), Filefjell (Sogn og Fjordane and Oppland Counties) are also ice and snow-covered, with possible reduced visibility in places. The same two counties’ Strynefjellet is closed due to dangers of slides.

Treacherous driving conditions over Hemsedalsfjellet (Sogn og Fjordande and Buskerud Counties) have led to lorry drivers being advised to use chains.

Icy in the Bergen area

Hordaland County police in the west have advised people leave the car at home and take buses in a current spate of snowfall-related troubles.

Road officials say all available personnel were out clearing and salting the roads in the Bergen area, but officers still warn of “extremely icy roads”, NRK reported, Friday.

Several traffic incidents have occurred, causing considerable traffic problems. Two vehicles collided early this morning in Bergen, causing an unknown injuries extent, as well as damage to both cars.

Also in western Norway a bus carrying 18 people, mostly Upper Secondary School pupils, came off the E39 motorway/main road at Drangsdalen in Rogaland County. Nobody was hurt.

Air traffic affected

In the air and on the ground, Bergen Flesland Airport’s runways are experiencing intermittent closures for clearing.

With resulting disruption to air traffic, carriers SAS and Norwegian are advising passengers check their respective websites or contact them regarding the status of their flights.

Stavanger Aftenblad reported that Sola Airport is open again but with some flights are delayed. Nevertheless, oil helicopter traffic is grounded for now.

All helicopter flights out to the North Sea were cancelled yesterday due to the strong storm, with wave-heights predicted up to 12 metres (some 39 feet), and winds forecast to be between 9 and 10 on the Beaufort Scale (strong gale to storm force).

Hundreds of oil platform workers from several companies were flown ashore, with certain facilities’ production being shut or slightly affected.

Moreover, winds were strong in Stavanger, police had to close the centre of town. Some houses in the Stavanger area had their roof ripped off, with winds toppling trees and telephone and electricity lines.

Closures and delays on rail, bus, ferries

Still in the Stavanger region, heavy seas are currently affecting ferry passengers over Boknafjorden between Mortavika and Arsvågen following this morning’s re-opening.

“We've closed the service and no ferries are going. Crossing the fjord now is unwise,” Fjord1 operations manager told the paper.

There is better news for rail passengers, however. State company NSB says departures between Stavanger and Sira are running fairly normally, but at reduced speed. Delays are likely.

Local train service Jærbanen between Stavanger and Egersund, Rogaland County, is experiencing 20 to 25-minute delays due to reduced speeds following being completely closed on Thursday.

Bus company Kolumbus now says their vehicles are running normally, following this morning’s wind and snow.

Power cuts

Thursday’s storms that caused problems in Norway left some 24,000 people in southern Norway’s Agder Counties without electricity. 3,500 were still affected earlier today.

The severe weather also created disruption in other parts of Europe. The storms hit the UK, leading to severe flood warnings being issued for the east coasts of Scotland and England.

Germany was also preparing for the weather, expecting that the storm could be worse than the one in 1962 which left 315 people dead.

Strong winds between Denmark and Sweden also closed the Øresund Bridge.

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Published on Friday, 6th December, 2013 at 11:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 6th December 2013 at 13:44.

This post has the following tags: severweathernorway, norwaystorms.





  
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