NVE still considers that there is no risk that avalanches will reach the inhabited areas in Longyearbyen. A new weather prognosis is expected from MET this afternoon at 17.00 hours. – We will then make a new consideration in consultation with NVE, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.

- The decisions are made continuously, on the basis of in-depth discussions in Longyearbyen Emergency Board and on professional advice from NVE. NVE which again relies on the relevant weather prognosis and the local avalanche warning system for Longyearbyen, the Governor says.

The Governor of Svalbard and Longyearbyen community council will monitor the developments in the weather situation and the possible risk of avalanche closely.