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STORM ALERT: Gale winds exceeding 80 km/h at times, snow expected from midday Thursday until Friday morning

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A blizzard with strong gale-force winds peaking at more than 80 km/h and up to 6.2 millimeters (potentially 6-12 centimeters) of snow is forecast between noon  and 7 a.m. Friday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

The forecast issued Tuesday calls for snow and gradually increasing winds all day Thursday, with gale-force winds from the east/northeast beginning around noon. The most intense snowfall is forecast between noon and 6 p.m.

Temperatures during peak wind periods are forecast to be minus five to minus six Celsius, resulting in a wind chill effects as low as minus 18 degrees.

The peak wind speeds are enough to tear windshields and other parts from snowmobiles, damage or overturn small boats, and send other loose objects such as wood pallets flying and causing damage. Svalbard Snøscooterutleie issued a warning Tuesday for customers whose snowmobiles have been serviced/repaired to pick them up before the storm hits, especially in the wake of intense storms with winds of lesser speeds in recent days.

“Already a number of snowmobiles are starting to blow over,” the notice stated.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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