Northern Norway braced for heavy snowfall and storms on Thursday

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Northern Norway braced for heavy snowfall and storms on Thursday
Snow is expected to fall heavily in Northern Norway. Photo by Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash

More than a metre of snow is set to fall over large parts of northern Norway over the next few days, accompanied by strong winds, storms and a risk of avalanches in mountain areas, forecaster Yr has warned.


In a statement issued on Wednesday, the forecaster said it was issuing a warning about the polar low pressure system coming down the coast of north west Norway. 

In a tweet, the forecaster said that the low pressure area would hit "parts of Troms and Finnmark", while another low pressure system was "developing near Vesterålen and heading towards southern Nordland".

An orange level avalanche warning has been issued for northern Norway. 


"With the polar low pressure, there can be strong winds from several directions, and that there will be heavy snowstorms along with it," said Elise Gloppen Hunnes, the meteorologist on duty at the Meteorological Institute. "There will be some fresh snow together with a lot of wind."

She said that people in Troms and Finnmark, Vest-Finnmark and Troms would face "very stormy weather".

"It will probably be difficult if you have decided to drive. The visibility will be extremely poor and it may take longer to travel to some places," she said. 

Gustav Pless, an officer at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate's  Avalanche Warning Service, said that people should be very careful if they venture out into the mountains in northern Norway. 

"There are generally difficult avalanche conditions now," he said. "It is a demanding situation to be out in the mountains in. The weather can also be demanding."



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