Storm warnings posted for Friday

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The remnants of two tropical storms were on course for northern Europe and Norway this week, with state meteorologists warning that they’ll probably hit the Norwegian coast Thursday evening. The West Coast from Rogaland and northwards was due to get hit the hardest.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that the storms known as “Leslie” and “Michael” would dump lots of rain on Norway on Friday. The storms were joining up with a low-pressure system that can form a cyclone with strong winds.

“There will be heavy amounts of precipitation over wide areas of the country because of this low-pressure system,” Vibeke Thyness of the Meteorological Institute told website yr.no. The storms remained out over the Atlantic at mid-week but would start pouring down on Norway from Thursday.

Thyness predicted the storms would hit the coast of northern Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane first, before moving over most of southern Norway and then heading farther north.

She predicted as must as 70 millimeters of rain over a 24-hour period, with the most coming during the early morning hours of Friday. Winds would also increase from Thursday afternoon, Thyness said.

While the sun was shining over parts of southern and eastern Norway on Wednesday, the first snow of the season fell during the night in the mountains of southern Norway. Snow was reported at Finse, Sognefjellet and Vikafjellet. More snow was predicted at elevations above 1,000 meters but it was likely to be replaced by rain from Friday.

The rain was likely to continue over the weekend on the west coast, but there were some predictions of intermittent sunshine over the Oslo area on Saturday and Sunday.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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