Rain to follow snow in Norway this week

Heavy snowfall is expected in Norway later this week.

Rain to follow snow in Norway this week
Snow in Oslo on November 14th 2017. Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

Between 10 and 15 millimetres of snow are expected in Eastern Norway from Tuesday evening.

But rain later in the week means that eastern parts of the country will only be covered under a layer of white temporarily, reports Aftenposten.

Duty meteorologist at Ragnhild Nordhagen at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute told the newspaper that a marked change in temperature would be felt over the course of the week.

“On Wednesday a low pressure area will come in from the south. After that, weather across the whole country will be affected. Low pressure areas bringing temperature change is very typical,” Nordhagen said.

The Meteorological Institute posted a graphic of the forecast low pressure front on its Twitter account.

Cold air prior to the arrival of the low pressure front is likely to give temperatures as cold as between -5 and -10°C, Nordhagen added.

“The cold looks like lasting until Thursday. The low pressure will also bring increased wind, up to low storm levels,” the meteorologist said.

The storm would not be felt in capital Oslo but was forecast for coastal areas in Southern Norway and the western Rogaland county, she continued.

The arrival of the low pressure front would manifest in plus-degree temperatures and rain, including in mountain regions at up to 1,500 metres altitude, Nordhagen said to Aftenposten.

“On Thursday we expect around five degrees above zero to the east of the mountains. Towards the weekend it will stay mild, more or less everywhere,” she said.

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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.