Most of the most important mountain passes in southern Norway are closed due to the storm. Then you have to settle for column driving.
On the morning of the second day of Easter, only the E16 over Filefjell is open for traffic, while there is convoy driving over national road 52 over Hemsedal and county road 50 Aurland – Hol.
The latter has been closed since Sunday, but was opened for column driving after a new assessment on Monday morning.
Highway 7 over Hardangervidda, highway 15 over Strynefjell, E134 Haukelifjell and county road 53 Årdal – Tyin are all closed until further notice, Vegtrafikksentralen informs. The latter will not reopen on Monday.
According to Vegtrafikksentralen øst on Twitter, national road 15 over Strynefjellet is also closed due to the risk of landslides. There are bad weather forecasts for the next 24 hours, and it will therefore be kept closed until further notice.
At nine o’clock on Monday, Vegtrafikksentralen informs that county road 55 Rustasætre barrier – Sognefjellshytta, on the stretch Sognefjellet, is also closed due to bad weather. Here, a new assessment will not be made until Wednesday.
Highway 13 over Vikafjellet is also closed. A new assessment will be made at 12 noon on Monday.
In northern Norway, the E69 Skarsvåg – Nordkapp in Troms and Finnmark counties is closed due to the storm.
– Can be stressful
Column driving requires patience and vigilance, but can be extra demanding if you are not used to it.
– If you have never experienced column driving before, it can be perceived as stressful to drive like this for the first time. Especially with snowdrifts and minus degrees, it is important to have cold air towards the windshield. With hot air, snow can turn into ice, which in turn can draft to both the windscreen and the windscreen wipers. Then it’s not just to stop, but should there be a stop in the column, DO NOT get out of the car. Driving a column in bad weather is not safe, and it has happened that people have been hit in column driving, says Torbjørn Brandeggen, communications consultant at Tryg Forsikring, in a press release.
He further states that column driving is first and foremost for the driver’s safety.
– It is seldom pleasant to end up in a traffic jam while storms are raging outside, but remember that column driving is first and foremost about your safety. You usually end up where you are going, but the reason why there is a limited number of cars that can be in a column every time is that there must not be more people in a column than rescue crews have the capacity to rescue, says Brandeggen.
NTB / Nettavisen
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