Avalanche danger warnings issued for several places in Norway

Nybyen - avalanche - SvalbardPhoto: Sysselmannen / NTB

Avalanche danger warnings have been sent out for Helgeland and Nordland on Sunday. Furthermore, two mountain passes are closed on Sunday morning.

The avalanche danger warning at Varsom.no applies to Helgeland, Ofoten, Salten, Svartisen, Trollheimen, and Jotunheimen, among other locations. In all areas, there is a high risk of avalanches. 

There is a significant risk of avalanches in West Finnmark, North Troms, Lyngen, Tromsø, South Troms, Inner Troms, as well as Lofoten and Vesterålen. 

Bad weather conditions in the mountains

Demanding conditions have been reported in the mountain passes in Western Norway. Vegtrafikksentralen vest writes on Twitter that national road 13 over Vikafjellet is closed on Sunday morning. The same applies to county road 53 between Tyin and Årda.

Traffic operator Andreas Herland in Vegtrafikksentralen told the newspaper Bergens Tidende that the weather conditions in the mountains are bad.

“The weather forecast does not look very good. There is a lot of snow and wind,” Herland added.

So far, there is not much traffic over the mountains, but he expects the traffic to pick up throughout the day.

“If people want to go through the mountain passes, it is wise to get over now. There is a high probability that some of the mountain passes will be closed tonight,” he noted.

Meteorologist Martin Pecnjak in StormGeo says that there is a strong wind and, at times, a stiff gale in the mountains. From this afternoon onwards, the wind will increase, and there may be a small storm in the evening and at night.

Ferry departures canceled

Several ferry departures have also been canceled in the morning hours on Sunday due to strong winds, Vegtrafikksentralen in Central Norway wrote on Twitter.

From late Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, very strong gusts are expected in Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal. Meteorologists have issued an orange danger warning, and police have urged people to stay indoors.

On Sunday morning, the ferry connection Skei – Gutvik, and Småge – Orta – Sandøya – Finnøya – Ona in Aukra was canceled due to the strong wind.

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