Extreme weather warning issued for parts of Norway

Norwegian meteorologists on Tuesday issued a red weather warning for the Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal areas and a yellow warning for other parts of the country as storm Gyda approaches. 

Pictured is a cabin covered in snow.
The red weather warning will apply to parts of Trøndaleg and Møre og Romsdal. Pictured is a cabin during heavy snowfall. Photo by Angel Luciano on Unsplash

Storm Gyda is set to hit Norway on Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute has issued an extreme weather warning for the counties of Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag.

On Tuesday, meteorologists initially issued an orange weather warning for south Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal before upgrading it to the highest level, red.

“We have decided to upgrade the orange danger level we reported yesterday from orange to red, for Møre og Romsdal and south of Trøndaleg,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told public broadcaster NRK.

The storm is expected to hit the whole country hard with warnings for flooding, landslides and avalanches in place.

The Norwegian Metrological Institute uses three colours for its weather warnings. The first is yellow which means challenging weather. Then there is orange, meaning a serious situation. And finally there is the red warning, which warns of extreme weather. 

“There will be challenging weather in many places in the next few days. The storm will hit hard across the country,” meteorologist Per Egil Haga told NRK before the warnings were upgraded in parts of the country.

In addition to the red weather warning for rain, a yellow one has been issued for wind in coastal parts of Møre og Romsdal and Trødnaleg with gusts of up 35 metres per second expected. In the north, heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected. 

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Three people dead after avalanche in northern Norway 

An avalanche killed three French skiers in their 60s in Norway's far northern region of Troms on Thursday, police said.

Three people dead after avalanche in northern Norway 

The police district in Troms has confirmed that three French skiers have died after being hit by an avalanche in Lyngen, in the county of Troms og Finnmark on Thursday.

“According to reports, three people have been taken by the avalanche. The air ambulance has now landed, and a doctor has declared three people dead,” Troms Police District tweeted

The three casualties were part of a group of nine foreign skiers, public broadcaster NRK reports. The victims wore avalanche detectors which enabled them to be quickly located, according to NRK. The skiers were caught in the avalanche on the Kavringtinden mountain.

“The caller stated that three people were taken by the avalanche. The other six worked to dig out the three who were taken by the landslide,” operations manager for Troms Police District, Karl Eirk Thomassen, told NRK.  

Weather warning service issued an orange danger warning for large parts of Troms, which means a significant risk of avalanches in the area. On Wednesday, two people were also caught in an avalanche in Lyngen but were not injured. On March 30, one person was killed and seven injured in two avalanches in Lyngen.

Dan Håvard Johnsen, Mayor of Lyngen, said that the news was a tragic start to the Easter break in Norway. 

“It is an incredibly tragic start to Easter. This will leave its mark on the community in Lyngen,” he told NRK.