Early snow in Norway

Authorities recommended chains and winter tires for motorists travelling on the E6 motorway near Dovre after heavy snowfall this morning. Yes, chains! And winter tires. In September.

Snow at the E6 near Hjerkinn on 20th September 2017. Photo: Statens vegvesen webkamera / NTB scanpix

“The snowfall comes early in the autumn, when many motorists are still using summer tyres,” said The Local, a Norwegian website (link below).

Motorists using summer tires should wait, said traffic operator Ingvill Bredeland of Norway’s Public Roads Administration (NPRA).

Heavy snowfall was also reported in the Strynefjellet and Sognefjellet areas with “winter conditions” in “all mountain connections in Hedmark and Oppland counties,” according to NPRA updates on Twitter.


Thanks to David Krall for this link

5 thoughts on “Early snow in Norway”

  1. must be damned annoying and expensive having to change tyres 2x a year..plus chains..running tyres over chainlinks can’t be good for the life of a tyre surely?

    • The situation is complex here in Norway. We have two sets of tyres “summer dekks” and “pigg dekks ( studded tyres)”because we live in the countryside and they only plough the snow after it reaches a depth of 2 inches! Summer tyres have to be fitted between the first Sunday after Easter and the last day of October. If you have an accident whilst driving on summer tyres after October then you are judged as being at fault even in a rear end shunt. You can opt for “year round” tyres but since they only last a year only city dwellers choose them.

  2. It’s been snowing in the sierras too, I read a comment that there was 10 feet at Mammoth and said it was much deeper higher up. seems like some who are around these areas are telling a different story than whats on most weather- duh-as if we here didn’t know. ski reports only good source for info on snow?

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