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Record lows as winter freeze grips Sweden

Record lows as winter freeze grips Sweden

Published: 01 Dec 2012 09:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Dec 2012 09:48 GMT+01:00

A new record low for the winter was set on Saturday morning in northern Sweden as the mercury plunged to -33.5 degrees Celsius following heavy overnight snowfalls across eastern areas of the country.

The seasonal low was recorded in Vittangi between Kiruna and Gällivare, beating the -32.6 degrees Celsius recorded in Nedre Soppero on Friday evening.

The Swedish meteorological office SMHI has issued a class 1 warning for the coast of Norrland, up to the Västerbotten coast, where the snow is continuing to fall.

A class 1 warning is the least serious on SMHI's three-level scale, and indicates "certain risks for society" which can cause "disruption to some important societal functions".

Most of the snowfall forecast for the coming days is expected along the east coast of Sweden.

"There is up to 40 centimetres of snow," said Emil Björck, meteorologist at SMHI.

During Saturday the snowfalls will spread through inland areas of Dalarna, Jämtland and Härjedalen.

"It will also be snowing heavily around (lakes) Vänern and Vättern during the day, said Björck.

There are widespread problems on the roads as the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) struggles to keep pace with the snowfalls.

"What happens when it snows this much is that you get accessibility problems on the roads. It takes several hours before the roads are in shape and passable. At the same time there are often fewer serious accidents as speeds are lower," said Lennart Helsing at the Transport Administration press service.

He advised all those who can wait to delay their journeys until the roads are cleared.

There are furthermore reports of delays to train services along the coast of Norrland, in Gävleborg, Dalarna, Västernorrland and in Jämtland due to the snowfall.

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

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11:51 December 1, 2012 by manotick
So what is Al Gore's explanation for this going to be?
12:14 December 1, 2012 by David S
Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Amazing how the climate change denying idiots get surprised every year when winter comes around!

As it happens, more snow is one of the predicted effects of global warming. Just a moments thought should make that obvious. The past summer for example was the greatest arctic ice melt on record. That's moisture in the air. Once the air cools ... you know ... winter and all ... that moisture is going to come down somewhere.
13:18 December 1, 2012 by smilingjack
the scientists have said endlessly - MORE EXTEEME WEATHER EVENTS. they are still figuring out how ocean currents and atmosphere wil react.

yesterday was a new record in victoria australia for the hottest day on record. +43.5C. the hottest month for australia are february.

I would be ( and am planning for ) at least a 4 year el nino period in australia. very hot and very dry.

meanwhile I am making the most of stockholm and enjoying beautiful walks in narnia like forests before having to deal with the australian skin melting temps and extreme pollution.
00:43 December 2, 2012 by muscle
@ David S

yet .. we have russian and usa govts that want to take advantage of the melting ice due to global warming, and explore OIL rich lands!

Its because of high co2 producers that the green countries like sweden suffer!
20:50 December 3, 2012 by godnatt
@manotick

Try reading a book.

Climate change means hotter summers and more extreme weather events...

In case you didn't know... when it's winter here it's hot somewhere else. This fuels the system and creates stronger currents and precipitation that effect the rest of us.
08:53 December 4, 2012 by smilingjack
record high temps across ALL of australia last week and now snow falling in some spots today.

with the latest climate report predicting catastrophic changes in line with worse case scenarios. Its unstoppable now so our children and grandchildren are screwed.
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