– There will be unstable conditions in the mountains this weekend. Both in Nordland and in southern Norway. Strong winds and a lot of precipitation such as snow at high altitudes cause large accumulations of pack snow in low-lying areas. These jagged snow flakes can detach themselves, and in some places lead to large avalanches that can reach far, says NVE duty manager Jørgen Kvalberg in a press release.
NVE encourages municipalities and emergency operators to prepare and assess the need for measures. This applies particularly in areas where danger level 4 – red level – has been notified.
In Jotunheimen it is danger level 4 on both Friday and Saturday.
– Large landslides that loosen by themselves are expected. Avalanches can detach themselves already from the morning, but the danger of avalanches increases throughout the day as the snow is exposed to more and more mild weather and rain. The danger is greatest in the west in the region where the most rainfall occurs, says the danger warning for Jotunheimen on Friday on Varsom.no.
Strong winds up to low storm force combined with rainfall means that there are not good conditions for going out on a trip in the mountains over the weekend. If you have still thought about it, the advice from the avalanche warning is to keep a good distance from avalanche terrain.
– If you have decided to go on a trip, you should keep a good distance from avalanche terrain. In the mountains, there has been significant snow in many places last week, which means that avalanches that break loose can be large and reach far, says Kvalberg.
Kvalberg also encourages you to share observations of recent avalanches and snow conditions on the Varsom app.