Southern Norway was hit by massive snowfalls over the weekend that led to delayed flights, road closures, halted transport and no electricity for thousands of residents, reports Aftenposten.no.
Friday marked the first big snowfall of the winter season, accompanied by strong winds that prompted police to advise residents to stay home on Saturday. Many cars and trucks ran off the road due to low visibility and slick roads, while around 10,000 households lost power in Sørlandet.
Many buildings were still without electricity by Monday morning, but utility officials were working to resolve the problems by midday. The E-18 highway between Kristiansand and Arendal was hit hard by the snowfall that disrupted the paths of many trucks.
The Bergen-Oslo train line was also forced to temporarily halt operations when there was a snowslide between Myrdal and Hallingskeid. The closure of all mountain highways left rail passengers with no alternative options. Services resumed by Sunday evening.
Air traffic at Kristiansand was also delayed due to the bad weather.