Snow falling in the mountains

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Norwegians heading to the mountains for autumn hiking were being warned Friday to be prepared for snow at high elevations.

Winter seemed to already have arrived at Sognefjellet, the high country west of Lom. State highway authorities said they’d received several calls from worried motorists reporting slick roads and several centimeters of snow.

Snow was also reported at Strynefjellet, to the north of Sognefjellet.

With few if any vehicles mounted with snow tires yet, the risk of accidents was fairly high. “There can be snow and slippery roads on most roads at the highest elevations, over 1,200 meters,” Ove Amundsen of the highway department (Statens vegvesen) told the website for newspaper Bergens Tidende.

More precipitation was predicted during the weekend, but state meteorologists expected any snow to melt quickly.

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