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Winter storm 'Berit' barrels toward Sweden

Winter storm 'Berit' barrels toward Sweden

Published: 25 Nov 2011 15:39 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Nov 2011 16:07 GMT+01:00

Meteorologists in Sweden are warning people to stay inside this weekend as winter storm dubbed Berit by colleagues in Norway gets set to pummel much of the country with gusty winds and possible snow showers.

"If you're in the mountains, stay indoors," meteorologist André Franke told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Sweden’s Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, has issued a class 2 warning for northwestern Sweden ahead of the extreme weather conditions set to hit Sweden as Berit rolls across the country after wreaking havoc in neighbouring Norway.

According to SMHI's 3-class scale, a class 2 warning mean there is a "danger to the public, widespread material damage, and significant disruptions to important civic operations".

Much of the rest of the country is covered by a lower-grade class 1 warning.

The storm is expected to bring winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour

“There will be very strong winds but also a risk of the storm turning into hurricane strength,” said Stina Kihlgren at SMHI to Aftonbladet.

The snow showers expected to accompany the strong winds are expected to make the storm extra treacherous, especially for anyone in Sweden's mountainous northwest.

"I wouldn't go out in the mountains in this weather," SMHI's Lovisa Andersson told the TT news agency.

The Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket) has also warned motorists to be on the lookout for icy roads and slippery road conditions throughout the north from Friday night.

“The roads are likely to be icy and we want to make drivers aware that they have to be extra careful," the agency's Anna Hansson told daily Expressen.

The agency says it is prepared for whatever snow removal duties or salting of icy roads that will become necessary.

“As soon as the winter season begins we are ready,” Hansson told the paper.

While conditions may calm down slightly in northern Sweden by the close of Saturday, southern Sweden is set to get hit by strong wind gusts on Sunday.

"There's a low pressure system that's rushing through. In southern Sweden it's going to be windy tomorrow (Saturday), but then things will really get going. It looks like the worst will come during the day on Sunday," SMHI's Franke told Aftonbladet.

The eye of the storm is set to hit northern Sweden from the Atlantic on Saturday, but most of Sweden will see harsh winds over the weekend and will be likely to be hit by some rain or snow.

“It’s going to be a windy 24 hours with some precipitation, albeit not a massive amount," said Kihlgren to Aftonbladet.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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10:55 November 25, 2011 by avatar
time to buy new xbox/play station!!! stay safe every one and have a nice weekend.
12:35 November 25, 2011 by useronthenet
Maybe for the North, but here in the south is extremely warm for this time of year albeit a little windy, but nothing to write home about. If the weather forecasters are correct, then we might get a sniff of 'real' winter in the later part of December, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Weather this autumn has been unusually warm, not just here but all over Europe.
13:46 November 25, 2011 by gabeltoon
I would agree with #2. Here in SCOTLAND we have had a reasonable autumn.The wind and rain arrived overnight and today.There is to be snow over the Grampian Mts today and over the weekend. Not much we can do about the weather but be safe and warm.
15:58 November 25, 2011 by siruisa
Weather became very strange here in Cape Town, South Africa as well this year. We have very cold spring and at the moment our summer feels like late winter.
19:13 November 25, 2011 by LibertyLover
Just another sign of global cooling. Last month, we had one of the earliest snow storms in the United States in many years. Temperatures are leveling out or declining. The global warming hysteria, and its Marxist aims, have been exposed by a second round of Climategate e-mails.

To think that these extremists wanted to turn back the course of western industrial civilization over a 0.35 degree C increase in temperatures between 1978 and 1996, and they got many people to believe it without any knowledge of the numbers.
20:22 November 25, 2011 by pintoflex
its about time
20:31 November 25, 2011 by Alohart
LibertyLover, you should stick to something you understand rather than exposing your ignorance about climate science. Your liberty will be threatened far more by ignoring human-caused climate change than it would be by merely acting responsibly now instead of being forced to do so later.
21:11 November 25, 2011 by Lemon1987
Now I know why swedes play so powerful metal .Cause of well - spent harsh winter times like these one...keep on going dis-beaters.
22:51 November 25, 2011 by Svensksmith
More and more scientists are coming over to the side of human induced climate change.

BTW, warm (relatively speaking) and sunny here in the Northern Illinois.
23:04 November 25, 2011 by swedejane
I love people like LibertyLover, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh. Anytime there's a snow storm in their city they hop up and down as if it's "proof" to counter climate change. 500 years ago, these same people were laughing at those who though the world was round and the earth revolved around the sun. Some things in human civilization simply do not change.
04:29 November 26, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Grin and Berit.
09:03 November 26, 2011 by engagebrain
LibertyLover "Just another sign of global cooling'

An amazingly warmer winter is a sign global cooling !

I guess you are having trouble mastering basic skills like feeding yourself and walking in a straight line.
09:29 November 26, 2011 by calebian22
Engagebrain,

"A warm winter is a sign of global cooling."

Last year the super cold and crappy winter was a sign of global warming. The so called experts don't even know. They are like Keystone cops, stumbling all over each other at every turn. Scientists with equally impressive pedigrees can be found on both sides of the debate.

Here is an idea, drive down the center of the discussion. In life, that is where the truth usually can be found. In the mean time, proceed in a reasonable fashion. Everyone should enjoy clean air and clean water, but sacrificing economic stability based on unproven theory is irresponsible.
12:57 November 26, 2011 by gabeltoon
This storm seems to be affecting Scotland. We are going through a stormy weekend with snow falls and high winds also.I noticed on our weather reports about last thursday that a very deep depression was building off the coast of ICELAND.As far as i've read this was a hurricane.I guess the weather is changing faster than we imagine.
07:50 November 28, 2011 by karex
Climate change can bring about both extremes in weather. Climate change happens in cycles over long periods. The only question we now should be concentrating on is answering "how much of the current change has been precipitated and/or accelerated by human influence?". We've had "mini ice ages" precipitated by volcanic eruptions pumping tons and tons of ash into the atmosphere. This we can do nothing about. We can however influence what is directly under our power: the way we interact with our environment. To ignore the fact that we DO affect our environment just by existing is naive at best.
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