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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 Meteorological 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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EXPLAINED: What you need to know about Norway’s weather warning system

The weather in Norway can change rapidly and bring adverse conditions with it. Here’s what you need to know about weather alerts and what they mean. 

EXPLAINED: What you need to know about Norway’s weather warning system

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET) uses three colours for its weather warnings. The first is yellow, which means challenging weather. 

When a yellow weather warning is in place, you will need to “be aware of” the conditions, and it can create challenging scenarios. Overall, the consequences of yellow weather incidents are expected to be relatively small. 

Those in the area are expected to be able to go about their business, but there may be local power outages, traffic delays, and wind which makes travelling in the mountains dangerous. 

Yellow warnings are also issued in instances where MET “expects greater consequences for far more people, but are unsure whether the weather will actually occur.”

For this reason, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute says that people should monitor the situation when a yellow warning is in place. 

Orange alerts are for when serious weather situations may occur, and the public is advised to “be prepared”. 

These weather warnings are issued when the institute expects extensive consequences, which could endanger lives and valuables may be lost. When an orange warning is in place, roads will be closed, planes will be grounded, and people will need to assess whether it is safe to carry out activities or not. 

Like yellow warnings, an orange weather warning can be issued when even more extreme weather is expected, but it isn’t 100 percent certain it may arrive. 

When extreme weather scenarios are expected, a red weather warning is issued. When a red weather warning is issued, the public is advised to secure their valuables. During red weather, it is “very likely there will be widespread damage, travel and power disruption and even risk to life,” according to Norwegian forecasting site Yr.

Avalanches  

The system for determining the risk of avalanches is slightly different. Norway follows the international standard for avalanches, meaning there are five danger levels, ranging from low avalanche danger to very high. 

These are colour coded from green to red. Yr, a joint service run by public broadcaster NRK and MET. Yr only displays orange and red avalanche warnings (danger level three to five). 

Where to check forecasts? 

The most popular service for checking the weather in Norway is “Yr” The service is run by the Meteorological Institute and NRK. 

You can either head to the website or download the app on IOS or Android to use the service. 

You will receive warnings of adverse weather conditions there. On the website, you can check specifically to see whether there are any weather warnings across Norway.

On varsom, you can find information on floods, landslides and avalanches. 

If you have an activity planned with a guide, such as off-piste skiing or hiking, you should also speak to them about conditions. The same applies to local tourist offices due to their local knowledge and expertise. 

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