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Snow storm slams northern Sweden

Snow storm slams northern Sweden

Published: 07 Oct 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Oct 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00

“This is full-blown winter. I've been stuck for two-and-a-half hours,” truck driver Peter Härdfeldt told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

A low pressure system moving across Sweden left parts of the far north covered in white on Friday morning following a night of gusty winds and wet snow.

Police in Norbotten urged drivers who had yet to change to winter tyres to “do so as quickly as possible” adding that “the snowploughs are on their way”.

Nils Aspehult, a resident of Kiruna in northern Sweden, was taken aback by the sight that greeted him when he woke up on Friday morning.

“It's still falling steady up here in the north,” he told the Expressen newspaper.

“A little too early for this time of year, I reckon.”

According to meteorologists, the low-pressure system which caused the storm is expected to hover over Sweden throughout the weekend as temperatures continue to fall.

On Saturday night, frost and below-freezing temperatures are expected to put a chill across much of the country.

“It's going to be one of the coldest nights this weekend,” meteorologist Lovisa Andersson from SMHI told Expressen.

The agency also warned of possible flooding in the north following the cold, wet weather, as well as rough seas in the Baltic.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:25 October 7, 2011 by lovedealer76
I only hope early arrival will probably sees early snow finish,which will be awesome,grrrrr!
11:28 October 7, 2011 by andyron2
The fun has just begun.Get ready folks!!!
13:09 October 7, 2011 by Spizzico
You could choose a better picture for this news !!!
14:00 October 7, 2011 by gakku
"It's going to be one of the coldest nights this weekend," meteorologist Lovisa Andersson from SMHI told Expressen.

So what will they say when it gets down to -20?
15:22 October 7, 2011 by skogsbo
I think its shocking that you live a fair way north in northern hemisphere and for some reason every year since who knows when it get colder in winter and it snows -how odd!
18:30 October 7, 2011 by reason
@skogsbo.

We don't find it odd, but we are interested. You may have noticed that the weather is always a popular topic. The snow comes every year, but we can still be curious about when. This is nothing new. My Grandmother would note the first snow in her diary every year.
06:59 October 8, 2011 by skogsbo
Reason, it the drama of it I don't get, 'walloped' 'full blown winter' 'snarling' it reads as though it's just snowed in the Med, I am British and I used to overkill weather reports, but this. "one of the coldest nights"? since when about March time and the end of last winter.. The article should be pitched towards advising newcomers to get their winter tyres ready and other worthwhile winter preparations, making a credible and purposeful news article. The is just cut and paste Afton.
20:03 October 9, 2011 by Scott McCoy
Just glad I left this frozen piece of crap before it all started.,31c and sunny where i,m sitting now.
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