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Norway flooding

We are scheduled to fly to Oslo this Tuesday, proceeding to the fjords and staying in Voss on Thursday. I see that the trains will supposedly be up and running by then, but what are the real conditions on the ground? I see more rain in the forecast, so am not sure that conditions will improve or may deteriorate again.

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This region is known and used to cope with rainy weather. Bergen is in top numbers for rain days in Europe.

Conditions: A good idea is to look into webcams; you will see some street webcams if you scroll into this map of street traffic authority. Also port webcams give an indication.

Weather: Do not put too much confidence in the forecasts for this region. Seldomly it is correctly before 24-48 hours before. Only really relevant forecasts for Norway are imo www.yr.no and www.windy.com.

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I have a similar question. We also fly into Norway this week. One of our stops is Lom, and for transportation connections we will be heading to Otta. Right now the road is closed, and we see no alternative ways. We thought of Lillehammer but that also appears flooded. Do you think the road could be fixed in 2 weeks? It looks like this storm hit all of Norway.

Thanks.

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The storm Hans had a significant impact but did not hit all of Norway. Of course streets especially around mountains and rivers are affected. This country is used to deal with a lot of water and snow. Therefore I would stay optimistically.

Amelie, use the map I linked and scroll into it. Find Lom by search and see all the entries along the road 15; often the entries you click on contain dates until when a street is closed or can only be passed one way. Right now the situation is relatively new - so they are careful with opening forecasts. There also alternatives such as road 257.

btw: you can use DeepL for translation.

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One update from the region: The Jernbane bridge close to Ringebu (south of Odda) collapsed; it was damaged by flooding already (article in NRK). Also some information on more rain and status of other infrastructure in it.

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I see more rain in the forecast

There is always more rain in the forecast in this part of the world. But I see no abnormal amounts.

Bergensbanan (that runs through Voss) is now open again.

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We will be visiting Norway, including Lom, in September, so we are communicating with relatives there. This is from five days ago.

"The last 2-3 days, we have got more rain than usual. Skjåk normally has only about 300 mm rain in a whole year, it is one of the places in Norway with less rain. At my parents farm there has been about 70mm rain now since Monday. The level of water in the Otta river has been much higher than normal, but the river hasn't caused much trouble in Skjåk yet. The river causes much more trouble further down the valley. The small rivers coming down the mountainsides causes more trouble than the Otta river, the small rivers now suddenly have much more water in them, and the water find new places to go to...  The level of water in the river is now sinking, we still have some rain, but not as much as the last days. In Skjåk and Lom there have been lots of landslides because of all the rain. In Skjåk most roads are open, but in Lom and all the way south to Lillehammer lots of roads are closed, and will stay closed for at least a couple of days. Luckily no one has been injuried or killed so far."