New weekend storm warnings posted

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State meteorologists were warning residents of southern Norway to hold onto their hats heading into the weekend. Another major storm was bearing down on Central Norway and the West Coast, while Eastern Norway would be hit by strong winds.

Pouring rain is expected to sweep sideways over Trøndelag and Vestlandet, when the storm moves in on Friday. Østlandet was targeted for gale-force winds on Saturday.

Flood and landslide warnings were going up as well, after meteorologists predicted that as much as 120 millimeters of rain would fall, with Sunnfjord and Møre og Romsdal likely to be hit hardest. “It’s all the rain that’s causing concern,” state meteorolgoist Kristen Gislefoss told weather website on Thursday afternoon.

He said Friday “will be a wet day for many of us,” especially in Romsdal and the two Trøndelag counties. “There will be a lot of rain, maybe so much that it will cause trouble,” Gislefoss said.

Temperatures are also expected to rise to an unseasonal 10C (50F) or even higher, which will cause the snow that fell earlier this month to melt quickly. That prompted the Norwegian waterways directorate NVE to warn of both landslides and flooding. NVE advised residents to make sure any outdoor drains were cleared by early Friday.

Temperatures were also due to rise in the mountains, so high that the snow level would rise from 1,000-meter elevation to 2,000 meters by Saturday. Thermometers in Bergen were expected to hit 10C, and higher east of the mountains.

Only Finnmark and Troms in Northern Norway would have more wintry temperatures. Gislefoss’ colleague Espen Biseth Granan was most concerned about the strong winds due to blow over eastern Norway, and advised residents to secure all loose objects outdoors and be prepared for power outages if trees topple onto power lines. Berglund