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Sweden braces for freezing rain, snow
A file image of a snow and sleet in southern Sweden in 2008

Sweden braces for freezing rain, snow

Published: 18 Nov 2011 16:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2011 16:53 GMT+01:00

So far, Swedes have largely been spared from winter weather this season, but the unusually balmy autumn is set to give way to frosty conditions in much of the country at the weekend.

On Friday, Sweden's meteorological agency SMHI issued a class 1 warning from Värmland in west central Sweden all the way up to Jämtland and Västerbotten counties in the north.

In addition, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) also warned motorists about slippery roads due to frost in parts of northern Sweden.

“Snow is on the way in Jämtland, Härjedalen and Dalarna [counties] during the afternoon and temperatures are going to be around freezing,” meteorologist Martin Hedberg with Klart.se told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper on Friday.

The mix of freezing rain and wet snow will likely make more treacherous road conditions in much of the country.

“Of course it's going to be slippery,” said Hedberg.

While temperatures are expected to hover just below freezing in central Sweden, residents in the country's far north can expect to see the mercury dip as low as 15 degrees below zero.

Around Stockholm, forecasts call for scattered rain showers with temperatures remaining just above the freezing mark.

According to Hedberg, a high pressure system will likely result in mostly cloudy skies in many parts of the country.

“Unfortunately, we're not going to see the sun much this weekend,” he told SvD.

Despite the weekend's dropping temperatures, Hedberg added that temperatures remain above normal for this time of year.

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

Your comments about this article

21:37 November 18, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
I'm just glad my car has just had its winter tyres fitted!!
23:08 November 18, 2011 by dockmandock
"Around Stockholm, forecasts call for scattered rain showers with temperatures remaining just above the freezing mark."

Strange then that it's +6 now and that SMHI forecasts +7 for tomorrow.
02:02 November 19, 2011 by muscle
meanwhile in Blekinge, nothing new happens!
10:35 November 19, 2011 by Mark737408
Good, then all the brown people will stay hidden indoors. ^___^ .
12:54 November 19, 2011 by insect
Not true Mark737408

I am brown and I love winter more than summer.

Meanwhile here in Umeå, the sun is still shining today (sat) and not a glimpse of snow or frost anywhere......
13:17 November 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
This time of year, I wish I had brown skin. My legs are so pasty white it scares the dog.
18:52 November 19, 2011 by Steggles
Glorious sunny winter day.
21:43 November 19, 2011 by Grokh
winter here we go again xD
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