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Update at 5:30 p.m.: The forecast for the storm’s severity Tuesday night and Wednesday has been reduced somewhat, with about 16 millimeters of precipitation and winds reaching speeds of up to 50 km/h now expected in Longyearbyen. Top winds speeds in Svalbard are still forecast at 80 km/h and some areas such as Ny-Ålesund have already received heavy precipitation.
Original story: A gale-force storm with winds up to 80 km/h, and heavy rain and snow is expected to reach Svalbard early Tuesday afternoon and last until midday Wednesday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
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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.