More warnings of high avalanche danger were posted late this week from Møre in the southwest to Troms in the north. Emergency crews in Troms, meanwhile, were making another attempt Friday to search for four skiers who disappeared in an area that’s had several avalanches in recent days.
Bad weather thwarted efforts to send helicopters and crews into the area known as Tamokdalen in Troms, where the four skiers are feared to have been caught in an avalanche. Search and rescue crews spotted ski trails leading into mounds of snow but none leading out.
Hopes of finding the three men from Finland and a woman from Sweden alive were waning. Conditions and visibility were so poor on Thursday that the search had to be suspended. The four skiers had been trekking up to the summit of Blåbærfjellet when they disappeared earlier this week.
Avalanche danger remained high in the counties of Troms, Finnmark, Nordland, Møre og Romsdal and Sogn og Fjordane. The mountains of Trollheimen, Romsdal, Sunnmøre, Lofoten og Vesterålen, Helgeland, Ofoten, Salten and Svartisen were singled out in the warning from state agency NVE. Strong winds, rising temperatures and rain were contributing to the risk.