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Winter road closures continue to cause chaos. The Norwegian Public Roads Authority (NPRA/Vegvesenet) says recent bad weather has closed over 80 roads. Snowstorms and flooding have hit northern and western Norway in the past couple of days. Motorists are being advised only to drive if absolutely necessary, and there is a high risk of avalanches.

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Winter road closures continue to cause chaos

Published on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 at 11:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th March 2011 at 11:58.

The Norwegian Public Roads Authority (NPRA/Vegvesenet) says recent bad weather has closed over 80 roads.

Blizzard (illustration photo)
Blizzard (illustration photo)
Photo: CambridgeBayWeather/Wikimedia Commons


Snowstorms and flooding have hit northern and western Norway in the past couple of days.

Motorists are being advised only to drive if absolutely necessary, and there is a high risk of avalanches.

“I would recommend people to leave their cars behind and stay indoors,” Steinar Bakkehøy, researcher at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) tells Dagbladet.

Today’s bad weather adds to yesterday’s severe storms that disrupted ferry traffic and electricity supplies to thousands of consumers.

Earlier this week, a mass of snow and rocks caused two deaths in Balestrand in western Norway after their house was swept off its foundations.

“There is a lot of snow in the mountains and heavy rain right now. Together, this creates heavy snow melting causing a lot of surface water. This gathers again in pockets of water dammed by ice and snow. We can experience heavy avalanches when these overflow,” Jahn Petter Berentsen of the Red Cross tells NTB.

NRK reports NPRA Nordland’s representative, Kjell Skjerve, does not think things will improve, short-term.

“Friday also looks bad. I think people will have to prepare themselves for continued road-closures today and tomorrow.”

A list of roads currently affected can be found here (in Norwegian).



Published on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 at 11:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th March 2011 at 11:58.

This post has the following tags: norwegianpublicroadsauthority, npra, statensvegvesen, balestrand, norwegianroadclosures.





  
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