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White Christmas likely as temperatures plunge

White Christmas likely as temperatures plunge

Published: 14 Dec 2009 17:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2009 17:30 GMT+01:00

Blowing snow and frigid temperatures are expected to sweep down from northern Sweden on Wednesday, bringing the first taste of winter weather to much of the southern half of the country.

"The colder weather actually looks like lasting for a while, meaning there's a chance that the snow now falling may stay on the ground until Christmas," said Linnea Rehn at Swedish meteorology agency SMHI.

According to SMHI, snow showers are expected to move south and east from Jämtland and Härjedalen in northwest Sweden down to eastern Svealand in central Sweden by nightfall.

The agency has issued a class 1 warning for snowfall along Sweden’s east coast, forecasting continuing snow showers into Tuesday, which are expected to reach as far south as Götaland.

While skies in Sweden’s far north are expected to clear on Wednesday as a high pressure system moves into the region, temperatures are expected to drop down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures in southern Sweden, on the other hand, are expected to stay a few degrees above zero.

But winter’s grip is expected to tighten on Thursday as temperatures creep below zero in the far south and a low pressure system in the Baltic Sea brings strong winds to Sweden’s east coast, as well a snow showers to eastern parts of Svealand and Götaland.

SMHI predicts another wave of light snowfall to drift southwards out of Norrland on Friday, although clear skies are expected in many other parts of the country before more snow showers and colder temperatures sweep across much of the country at the weekend.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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18:12 December 14, 2009 by Roger O. Thornhill
Global warming appears to continue last years record cold temperature.
19:50 December 14, 2009 by lingonberrie
This is Sweden, and Sweden has snow and cold, even in the so-called South.

Snow and cold also have a dampening effect on certain immigrants; thus one could say that Sweden has friends on-high, or else the country would be over-run by now. A month of so of likewise weather in the South might help to induce some of them who are undecided to emigrate. (but please leave your money and the Swedish benefits at the door on your way out )

Snow also makes Christmas; I despise the holiday season without snow.
22:40 December 14, 2009 by moaca
Snow makes the dark winter nights brighten up, and if the temperature and climate turns people of wanting to emigrate to Sweden, just be thankful. As a Swede living in the UK, I cannot wait to return back home. Here we are crowded in by other nationalities with strange habits and customs.

Common sense has long gone and most brits really dont want foreigners here. The only reason they tolerate me is because I have a language skill they need.

I used to hate the snow, but now I actually miss it. Or as they say, you dont miss what you have until its gone. There is not real winter here anymore, only rain rain and more rain. Be grateful for snow, as in the next 10 years it may dissapear all together.
02:56 December 15, 2009 by Greg in Canada
I absolutely love winter when you get a "proper" winter with lots of white powdery snow. We're in a deep freeze in eastern Ontario also right now. The good news is that I've already been x-country skiing twice and am going again tomorrow.

If you live in a cold country then take up winter recreational activities. It'll make it much more enjoyable.
08:11 December 15, 2009 by Stormysmoker
@moaca

There is no real winter in the southern parts of the Uk and there hasn't been since long before this global warming rubbish was stared. You get cold, damp cloudy days for the most part and it's always been that way. The older ones amongs us can remember the odd really cold winter ( '63 for example) but they were not so common as people imagine.

Snow has always been a bit of a rarity and most often does not last more than a few days. That's one of the reasons why it's celebrated so much by kids and some 50 year old kids at that!

If you want snow, you have to go to the mountains preferably up in Scotland and even there you have never had a guarantee of finding it.
08:42 December 15, 2009 by xavidx
I hope it stays below zero for awhile. Im wanna go skating on the lake. A white snow is better then a grey and brown one. even if it means its a bit more colder out.
09:32 December 15, 2009 by Pont-y-garreg
"Blowing snow and frigid temperatures"?

You guys need some decent translators.

How about "Drifting snow and freezing temperatures" for something that sounds more natural, rather than a literal translation?
11:49 December 15, 2009 by Bensonradar
You are so lucky to gave a decent snow, it makes the experience of Christmas magical.

However, try: "Glittering snow and plunging temperatures are expected..." sounds a bit better. But, sorry for the purple prose!
12:01 December 15, 2009 by MIK in Sweden
This will be my 4th Christmas in Sweden and hopefully it will be my first ''White Christmas'' in Sweden. wooooooww.
17:10 December 15, 2009 by highsun
It's really sad here, that almost every discussion is turned into some sort of anti-immigrant campaign. Why can't the snow and chill temperatures just be appreciated in this festive time without having to drag immigrants into everything?

To lingonberrie: if u have soemthing to say, be brave and talk plain. Mention which immigrants you mean. Nationalities, groups or whatever. Otherwise keep quiet. sit up back and enjoy the snow!

To moaca, England is a great place. Its multiculturalism is its strong point. I've been there several times, n all my brit friends love that they have so many people and cultures. Under such circumstances, there is always some friction.

As for strange customs and habits, well you can return to Sweden whenever you like, if its that bad! We all have strange habits, no matter where we come from!
17:15 December 15, 2009 by David S
@Roger - last winter continued the trend as significant warmer than historical averages
07:36 December 22, 2009 by Marc the Texan
Excellent photo. No doubt it's been retouched a little. Has a Norman Rockwell feel. Very Christmasy.
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