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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)

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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
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