NVE's local avalanche observers are inspecting the mountain slopes under Sukkertoppen and above Nybyen this morning. – Based on these observations there will be made new evaluations of the risk of avalanches and a new decision concerning the evacuation, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.

The Governor had a new meeting with NVE at 09:30 hrs today. NVE informed about a smaller avalanche from Sukkertoppen. The avalanche did not reach the settlement.

The weather prognosis for the Longyearbyen area is that the temperatures will decrease, there will be fresh breeze/strong breeze and some snow today. On Thursday the wind will abate and be northerly.

- We will have a new meeting with NVE this afternoon and then evaluate the situation, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.