• Sweden edition
 
CHRISTMAS TRANSPORT CHAOS
Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday

Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday

Published: 26 Dec 2010 10:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Dec 2010 10:36 GMT+01:00

Sunday is expected to be an intense traffic day, as many return home from holiday celebrations, but the weather may cause trouble for travelers along the coast of Norrland, in northern Sweden.

“We’ve issued a Class 2 warning for Gävleborg’s and Västernorrland’s coastal regions. We’re expecting up to three decimeters of snow in these regions, in combination with fresh winds, or even strong winds by the coast. This could cause big problems on the E4 motorway,” said Linnéa Rehn, SMHI’s on-call meteorologist to news agency TT.

The heavy snowfall over the Gävleborg and Västernorrland regions is expected to continue throughout the day, and won’t diminish until Sunday night.

Travelers in the regions of Jämtland, inland Gävleborg, Uppsala and Stockholm may also experience some trouble getting home on time, as SMHI has issued a Class 1 warning for these areas.

“There could be around a decimeter of snow there, but the snowfall will end during the afternoon,” Linnéa Rehn said.

The situation on southern Swedish roads is decidedly better today than yesterday, however.

Skåne, which had big problems yesterday, looks fine. Most roads are already navigable, and the roads of Söderslätt and Österlen should be ready by lunchtime,” Beisi Sundin, press officer at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) said to TT.

She warned, however, that there may still be difficulties on smaller roads east of route 9.

The traffic situation on the Baltic island of Öland also looks brighter today, and western Sweden has no reported traffic problems. It has snowed in Stockholm, and there may be some snow drifts.

The coast of Gävleborg, expected to have severe traffic problems during the day, is calm for now.

“We haven’t had any reported accidents yet, in the morning. The rail traffic hasn’t really got started yet, so there haven’t been any problems there either,” said Beisi Sundin.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:17 December 26, 2010 by Acroyear
I love these terrific non-stories. Classic ending:

"The rail traffic hasn't really got started yet, so there haven't been any problems there" said Beisi Sundin (a.k.a. "Captain Obvious").

Still, I do sympathise. I got stuck in Stockholm once...
18:27 December 26, 2010 by DAVID T
what are decimeters?
19:10 December 26, 2010 by FACTSPOLICE
Sure glad i am not there! Sweden is already a gray, cold and wet place to live, I remember many summers, where the sun may show its face for 2 weeks, if even that, so if its like 80 degrees farenheit in the summer in sweden one day, it couldbe 30 degrees next. There is never a time in Sweden that you do not need a coat, or sweater. Its a lovely place though, but I would only visit, not live permenently. I find most Swedes to be cold as well, they have no spirit, but no wonder, they are stuck in that miserable weather all their lives.
20:31 December 26, 2010 by Mr G
Dec means 10.

Here, decimeter means a 10th of a meter, as in 10cm, or roughly 4 inches.
21:23 December 26, 2010 by jack sprat
For a country which has a supposedly good reputation for dealing with the white stuff, it's amazing just how many problems there have been in the last few years from conditions which can hardly be described as exceptional.
22:31 December 26, 2010 by saab
Hey, the guy on the right in the photo looks like... Al Gore!
01:24 December 27, 2010 by jack sprat
Judging by the way the car's parked I thought it might be Bush.
01:48 December 27, 2010 by Puget Sounder
Several weeks ago, here in the almost Swedish city of Seattle, Washington

about three inches of snow created almost as much havoc. Of course no Swedish city could exist as hilly as this one (think San Francisco) and at the wrong moment, a light snowfall could create the chaos that unfolded during the first week of December.

That fifty minute commute on the freeway for some, turned into a 10 hour nightmare when the exit ramps froze over or those large articulated buses jacknifed and blocked lanes.

A little more snow cover and it could have been Sweden, this early Winter.
05:55 December 27, 2010 by UScitizen
It's the same in America now: "The first widespread blizzard of the season slammed the northeastern United States on the heavily traveled Christmas weekend Sunday, canceling more than 1,500 flights, shutting the Amtrak passenger rail and challenging motorists on icy roads. "
19:10 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
Today's headlines
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

719
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com