Norway braces for gale force winds, heavy rain and risk of avalanche

Norway braces for gale force winds, heavy rain and risk of avalanche
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Strong winds are forecast in several locations in Norway in the coming days.

The west of the country could see hurricane-level weather conditions, news agency NTB reports.

Winds up to hurricane force could blow along the coast from Stad in Vestland to Bodø further north, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway) has forecast.

The weather has the potential to cause traffic problems, with snowdrifts possible in the mountains of southern Norway due to strong wind and snow, MET Norway warned.

The worst weather will be for those staying in the mountains in southern Norway or in the northwest, MET meteorologist Steinar Skare told NRK.

“(Gale force) wind gusts can result in cancelled departures on boats, ferries and planes. And bridges and mountain roads can be closed. Very strong winds are expected,” Skare said.

Heavy rainfall is meanwhile forecast in western and inland regions with up to 100 millimetres of rainfall from Tuesday evening.

The storm is set to continue north on Wednesday, where wind gusts of 30 to 37 meters per second are expected in the morning in the county of Møre and Romsdal. Gusts of 30 to 35 meters per second are expected in Trøndelag as well as Helgeland in Nordland county.

The strong wind will also cause high waves at sea, notably from Stad northwards.

Wednesday evening will peak with 14 metre-high waves off Trøndelag, MET Norway tweeted on Tuesday.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has issued avalanche warnings for a number of locations.

On Arctic archipelago Svalbard, a “great or significant” risk of avalanche has been advised in Svalbard East, Svalbard South and Nordenskiöld Land.

On the mainland, North Norway and West Norway are both at risk of avalanche in the next few days.

Precise information on location and risk level can be checked on an ongoing basis via the NVE’s website.

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