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Sweden braces for new winter storm

Sweden braces for new winter storm

Published: 22 Nov 2010 16:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2010 16:35 GMT+01:00

Another blast of winter weather is set to sweep across much of Sweden in the coming days, bringing heavy snowfall and bone-chilling winds to many parts of the country.

Meteorological agency SMHI has already issued a class 2 weather warning for Kalmar, Jönköping, and Kroneberg counties in southern Sweden.

A class 1 warning covers the rest of southern Sweden up to Östergötland County as well as most of the Swedish coastline.

“The snow looks like it will continue into Wednesday in many parts of eastern Götaland and eastern Svealand,” meteorologist Sten Laurin told the TT news agency.

“You can count on things being difficult in these regions.”

The winter storm stems from a collision between cold air from the north and a system of rain showers from the southeast, which results in heavy snowfall.

SMHI issues class 2 warnings for weather believed to be dangerous for the general public.

The cold air is expected to remain over Sweden for the next week and a half, with daytime temperatures not likely to creep up above -5C degrees as far south as Skåne.

Strong winds are also expected to accompany the weather system, resulting in windchill effects that make the air feel even colder than recorded temperatures.

“So it’s time for both gloves and hats, I’d say,” said meteorologist Laurin.

In areas covered by the class 2 warning, SMHI expects between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow, with winds gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour likely to cause blowing and drifting snow as well.

Meteorologists also expect between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow to blanket much of Östergötland, Halland and large parts of Västra Götaland in the next 24 hours.

According to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), road conditions on a number of motorways across Sweden have already deteriorated due to the winter weather.

The agency is preparing a fleet of 600 vehicles to clear snow from roadways in Kalmar, Kronoberg and Jönköpings counties.

“People should really think about whether they need to go out, or make sure they leave plenty of time and have the right tyres,” Transport Administration spokesperson Tobbe Lundell told TT.

While the weather has yet to cause any trouble on the Swedish rail network, Lundell warned that train journeys may take more time than usual.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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17:20 November 22, 2010 by Lost_Zulu
The UK is also supposed to be getting snow this week.

Well I'm hoping so anyway. Not sure it will amount to much.

For all those who don't want snow in Sweden, please can you redirect it over southern England?
17:21 November 22, 2010 by richardbw
With all due respect SMHI models are always wrong for Skåne They predict temperatures that are too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer. To Skåne SMHI are rather like a chocolate coffee-pot.
18:15 November 22, 2010 by soultraveler3
This is hardly news worthy. It's winter in Sweden it's going to snow. A few inches of snow and some wind shouldn't really be called a snowstorm here lol.
18:17 November 22, 2010 by gorgepir
As long as it is snow and not rain and as long as they plow it soon enough I am fine with it.
21:08 November 22, 2010 by Yuretz
Winter has come suddenly! :-)
21:18 November 22, 2010 by booka
Well the first of december brings the first of winter, or is it a week early?
21:39 November 22, 2010 by wxman
Heavy snow in Montana at temperatures around -20C! They expect 25 to 35cm. It's also snowing moderately in Seattle, 5cm so far. This seldom happens there in January. Welcome to AGW!
22:27 November 22, 2010 by dizzymoe33
ok I have say you don't spell tyres this way it is spelled tires. I see this all the time and just had to mention it. I understand it sounds like a y but it is an i. Thank you
22:36 November 22, 2010 by charlie456
Tyres is the British spelling.

Tires is the American spelling.
23:43 November 22, 2010 by mikewhite
and Britain is nearer to Sweden than the US is ...
23:54 November 22, 2010 by GLO
We had a bit of cold today. Had to wear a shirt whiles cleaning up after the horses, took it off after 10. I see our winter is really going to hit fri night, warm during daytime.

Will have to find my jacket.

Cold in Wilmington NC.....
00:00 November 23, 2010 by hunnysnowbee
Well if I read tires, I think of me. I tire very easily these with all the packing up house ready to move....yawn! But if I read tyres, then yer I think of those things on wheels!

Oh and I agree, Uk is closer to Sweden, than the US! :p
04:01 November 23, 2010 by DavidDubois
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