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STORM ALERT: Blizzard ‘reminiscent’ of storm last Dec. 19 – with less snow – expected to hit Wednesday night, Thursday

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Update (1:20 p.m. Tuesday): The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has issued a storm alert forecasting gale-force winds of 90 kilometers an hour and gusts to 135 kilometers an hour in exposed locations. Peak winds are expected between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday.

In addition, avalanche conditions are forecast to be near or at maximum risk levels, although their predicted potential size is signifianctly smaller than the one last Dec. 19. The story below has been updated.

Original story: A blizzard “reminiscent of the storm on Dec. 19 of last year” is expected to bring up to 14.4 millimeters of precipitation and winds up to 135 kilometers an hour, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Positive outlook: Svalbard’s average temperature for year may be above freezing for first time ever

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It’s not quite as mind blowing as the North Pole being 20 degrees Celsius above normal this fall, but the freakish temperatures that have caused so many problems in Svalbard this year may result an annual average temperature above freezing for the first time in the archipelago’s history, scientists said Friday.

The prediction came on the same day an international report was released stating the Arctic is perched on the edge of fundamental social and environmental change as it faces 19 tipping points ranging from loss of summer sea ice to the slow creep of shrubs and trees across the tundra.