NVE: Significant risk of avalanches throughout Norway

Troms avalanchePhoto: Maja Meyer Forsvaret / NTB

According to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), the risk of avalanches is high throughout the country. With warmer weather expected as the weekend approaches, the danger will further increase.

“Basically, the conditions are unstable, and the fact that more heat is on the way makes it even more unstable. We can only advise against visiting avalanche terrain as the situation is now,” Emma Julseth Barfod at the NVE’s avalanche warning service told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

On Good Friday and on Holy Saturday, significant avalanche danger (danger level 3) has been reported in large parts of the country, according to varsom.no.

“We have what we call persistently weak layers, which are very unstable layers… When the temperature rises, the already unstable snow cover will continue to weaken,” Barfod said.

In Western Norway, temperatures rose on Maundy Thursday, which according to Barfod, triggered several naturally triggered avalanches. The heat is expected to move north. 

Despite the danger of avalanches, the voluntary rescue crews in Norwegian People’s Aid didn’t have to intervene during the first part of the holidays. 

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