Eastern Norway will probably escape the worst floods

floodFåvang.Flood.Gudbrandsdalslå.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

The warm weather in Southern Norway last week has reduced the likelihood of a major spring flood in Eastern Norway. In the rest of the country, it is big however.

According to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), there is great variation between the regions, and especially in the north, the probability of a large spring flood at an orange level is still high.

-In some of the watercourses in Eastern Norway, the likelihood of large spring floods is now somewhat reduced due to the warm weather last week. This is particularly true of the Trysilvassdraget, Glomma, and parts of the Drammensvassdraget where there is now a normal probability of large spring floods, hydrologist Inger Karin Engen says from the flood warning service in NVE in a press release.

In other inland rivers in Southern Norway, there is still a higher probability than normal for large spring floods due to heavy snow.

According to the latest flood analysis from NVE, there is now little probability across the country that the spring floods will reach the highest level of red. It is the weather that determines the size of the flood, and therefore NVE updates its analyses every week or fortnightly until the spring flood begins.

– If we have a spring with moderate heat and little rainfall, we get fairly normal spring flooding, in spite of unusually heavy snow. On the other hand, should there be rainfall combined with heat, there will be abnormally large floods in areas with a lot of snow, Engen concludes.

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