Another major wind and snow storm expected Sunday and Monday


Two weeks after a blizzard pounded Svalbard with hurricane-force winds, a slightly less powerful sequel is scheduled to arrive Saturday night and continue until Monday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Strong winds Saturday night are expected to increase to gale strength beforge gradually decreasing Monday, according to an alert issued by The Governor of Svalbard.

“Increasing snow and blowing snow are going to result in very poor visibility conditions,” the notice stated. “It is expected the most snow will be on the East Coast.”

Temperatures of minus nine degrees to minues 12 degrees Celsius in Longyearbyen are forecast Sunday, with wind speeds up to 72 kilometers hour hour. Monday is expected to be warmer with temperatures of about minus five degrees Celsuis, with winds of about 55 kilometers per hour most of the day.