Western Norway was due for yet another round of bad weather, this time what state meteorologists called “intense rain” from Tuesday evening. Hordaland and Rogaland were warned to brace for the worst.
Both counties on Norway’s west coast were just cleaning up after the weekend’s hurricane-force winds when they were told to batten down the hatches again. “An intense weather front will pass through that will give intense rain,” Geir Ottar Fagerlid told state broadcaster NRK.
The new downpours can produce as much as 100 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period, Fagerlid said. Inland areas were targeted also in the county of Sogn of Fjordane. There was danger of flooding and landslides with so much heavy rain coming so quickly.
Snow was creating traffic chaos in many areas of Northern Norway on Monday, reported NRK, after a low pressure system moved in from the Barents Sea. Several mountain passes were suddenly impassable because of the snow, wind and traffic accidents.