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Bring on the snow: are you ready for winter?

Bring on the snow: are you ready for winter?

Published: 08 Dec 2011 15:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2011 15:24 GMT+01:00

Mild temperatures and a lack of snow have delayed the start of winter in many parts of Sweden, prompting some to rejoice and others to grumble. The Local invites you to have your say about the (lack of?) winter weather.

As a country that juts up into the Arctic Circle, Sweden has plenty to offer when it comes to wild and woolly winter weather.

However, temperatures in recent weeks have remained relatively warm throughout much of the country, in stark contrast to last winter when a massive snowstorm walloped Sweden in early November.

Forecasters' recent warnings about the season's first serious snowstorm have kicked off yet another round of frenzied chatter about snow tyres, sturdy boots, and skiing.

Whether skies are clear or cloudy; temperatures balmy or bone-chilling; and ski slopes barren or buried, one thing is certain, Swedes never seem to tire of talking about the weather.

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Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

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17:03 December 8, 2011 by DAVID T
I'm glad it's not so cold - my heating bills were criminal the last 2 years
19:07 December 8, 2011 by Rapalyea
"Swedes never seem to tire of talking about the weather."

And for good reason. I suspect Winter is worse in Sweden then Chicago, and it is life threatening in Chicago. One late evening I was driving home from the North Side and stopped to pay a road toll. My electric window would not go back up. The temp was a routine 5F and the drive home only 45 minutes.

If it had been an hours drive I think we would have stopped at a hotel for the night.
20:58 December 8, 2011 by graphixperson
In Lappland it's awful I'm sure, but Sweden being a frozen wasteland is just as much a hyperbolized stereotype as is polar bears wandering around the streets. Back home in North Carolina my friends have already had about 4 good snows; it's definitely worse there than Skåne at least. I wish it were 10 degrees colder here and snowing instead of the crappy rain we've had the past two weeks.
00:26 December 9, 2011 by Svensksmith
Not to worry. I bought a new snow-plow this year so it probably won't snow at all.
11:57 December 9, 2011 by Gordy
@graphixperson I far prefer the rain to the snow here in Skåne, with the wide open countryside and no hedges or ditches the dry snow is constantly blown by the wind making driving a nightmare. The ploughs can clear the roads and 10 minutes later they are covered again. But the worst is when the snow is blown up in the air causing a complete white out which is extremely dangerous for driving. Crisp frosty weather with no snow will do me fine thanks very much.
12:29 December 9, 2011 by graphixperson
I guess I was picturing a more idyllic, gently falling snow without Skåne's wind (maybe impossible).
01:26 December 14, 2011 by Coalbanks
Sweden has a variety of weather esp on a North/South line. Her in Canada, at least where I live, the weather is extremely variable, from -40 to +15 in the winter although usually -10 daytime and -20 nighttime. We are at the mercy of cold Arctic fronts from the North, cold continental fronts from the SE, warm winds from the Pacific via the mtns. This year El Nino/La Nina effects are suppossed to be causing cooler than usual but so far it's been warmer than usual! Do you in Sweden feel any effects of the El Nino/ La Nina?
14:54 December 15, 2011 by hackie
Sweden is going to experience a black Christmas this year :P
20:05 December 15, 2011 by jvtx3232
I like to go skiing in the winter. Also, freshly-fallen snow looks pretty.
22:31 December 19, 2011 by karex
I would rather the weather decided what to do and stuck to it. Having rain one day, snow the next, hovering a couple of degrees above zero and then a sudden freeze is a VERY dangerous situation. It is the ideal scenario for black ice, which is how I totaled my car a couple of weeks ago driving between 35-40 km/hr! Now add to that a local community which has decided to save money by salting some roads randomly and not others, and you have a perfect scene for disasters.
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