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Snow chaos on Swedish roads

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Snow chaos on Swedish roads
17:48 CET+01:00
A trail of stranded trucks dotted the roads of Sweden on Friday as the first major snowfall of the season caught drivers unawares.

Police in Västmanland counted eleven trucks stuck in the snow on Friday morning outside the small town of Skinnskatteberg on national road 68.

"It's the same thing every year. Heavy vehicles get stuck on the uphill stretches," said police spokesman Per Strömback.

Only one lane remained open as the stranded trucks blocked traffic, said Strömbäck. One truck had veered into a ditch after a night of persistent snowfall.

Sweden's National Road Administration (Vägverket) has issued a warning for icy conditions in much of the country throughout the evening and continuing into Saturday morning.

Meteorological agency SMHI recorded 17 centimetres of snow in Mockfjärd in Dalarna, while parts of Götaland saw snowfalls of up to 14 centimetres.

Much of Småland was covered in snow on Friday morning, and snowfalls are forecast to continue in Gävleborg. But the low pressure belt is in the process of moving eastwards, said SMHI, which warned of icy conditions in Götaland and Svealand once the snow has cleared.

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