Snow storm slams northern Sweden
Published: 07 Oct 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Oct 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00
The season's first winter storm walloped northern Sweden on Thursday night, dumping more than 10 centimetres of thick, wet snow, snarling traffic, and prompting warnings from police.
“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.