Winter is here: snow in central Norway causes road closures

October 1st has coincided with heavy snowfall in central and eastern parts of Norway.

Winter is here: snow in central Norway causes road closures
A 2018 file photo showing snow being cleared from a railway station in Norway. Photo: Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell in the Dovrefjell National Park area during the night.

Mountain passes at Sognefjellet and Strynefjellet were closed due to the conditions, broadcaster NRK reports.

“It is snowing and windy, so it’s hard to say when (roads) will open again,” Jeanette Andersen, a traffic operator with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA), told NRK.

Meanwhile, conditions on National Road (riksveg) 3 in the Østerdalen area are also poor, with NPRA warning motorists of icy conditions, wind and light snowfall.

National Road 15 was reopened at Strynefjellet was reopened after being closed on Monday night, while the E6 motorway remains open in the area but is also affected by the snowfall, and police have warned of icy conditions.

The snow could continue during Tuesday, meteorologist Per Egil Haga told NRK.

“There are precipitation areas in northern parts. We expect this to turn to rain in lower-lying areas during the day. Snow will continue above 800 metres,” Haga said.

Meanwhile, national meteorologist YR forecasts that the cold wind from the north will also affect southern parts of the country on Tuesday, with cool air and rain.

Any precipitation falling above 500-800 metres altitude will take the form of snow, the agency tweeted.

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Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.