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Warning for HIGH avalanch risk
Update according to evaluations made in Longyearbyen tuesday morning.

On tuesday 21.February a HIGH risk for avalanch- danger grade 4- on Svalbard (region Nordenskioldland)


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Perleporten will be opened

According to updated prognosis from NVE there will be lower temperatures and less rain/snow. The measures taken in Longyearbyen will therefore be ended. The footbridge between Road 220 and 200 (Perleporten) will be opened.

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Still downpour and wind

According to updated prognosis from NVE there still will be downpour and wind. In Longyearbyen the downpour will be rain and sleet. The risk that avalanches will be a threat to houses is considered as low.

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Higher temperatures, less rain

According to updated forecasts from NVE there will be higher temperatures, but less rain than expected. This reduces the risks of slush avalanches. So far, no avalanches are observed around Longyearbyen.

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Expecting heavy rainfalls

NVE/MET are expecting heavy rainfalls starting Saturday and continuing until Sunday morning. The precipitation will fall as rain in Longyearbyen. It is important to keep all waterways open. Longyearbyen Community Council is monitoring the situation closesly, including the situation in Vannledningsdalen and the water drains by the road to the airport. As a preventive measure, the footbridge between Road 220 and 200 (Perleporten) will be closed from Friday night and until further notice.

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The evacuation is lifted

The Governor lifts the evacuation of the houses and the ban on entering the terrain in Lia and Nybyen. – This means that people can move back to their homes now, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.

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Mountain slopes are inspected

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.

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Still considerable risk of avalanche

The weather forecast says slightly less wind than expected, but there will be a heavy snowfall this evening. The risk of avalanches is set at danger level 3 – considerable. The Govenor uphelds the evacuation. A new evaluation will be made Wednesday.

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Storm is expected Tuesday afternoon

The incoming storm is expected to hit Longyearbyen at 14:00 Tuesday afternoon. Weather forecasts report of strong winds reaching levels of full storm. 15-20 mm precipitation in the form of snow or rain is  expected. The risk of avalanches is set at danger level 3 – considerable.

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The weather forecast is upheld

The Governor and Longyearbyen Community Council have met with NVE at
22.30 Monday night. The weather forecast remains the same.

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Ordering evacuation of Lia and Nybyen

The Governor has decided to evacuate the houses and to impose a ban on entering the terrain in Lia and Nybyen on the upper side of the road (see attached map). The evacuation will take effect from 22:00 Monday night and until further notice. The decision has been made in light of current weather prognosis and professional avalance risk assessments from NVE.

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