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Snowstorms hit traffic and preschool kids

TT/The Local · 27 Jan 2010, 16:37

Published: 27 Jan 2010 16:37 GMT+01:00

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A pileup at 3pm held up traffic on the E4 motorway near Ljungby in southern Sweden. Emergency workers said nobody was seriously injured after a truck's trailer slid across the road, blocking off southbound traffic and leading to a multi-vehicle collision.

"It's very slippery at the scene," said local police commander Fredrik Svärd.

Speed limits on the Öresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark have been reduced to 70 kilometres per hour, while motorists driving light vehicles have been advised against crossing the bridge. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until 2am on Thursday.

Emergency services in Halmstad in western Sweden took the precaution of evacuating a preschool as fears mounted that a 55 metre municipally owned chimney risked falling onto the school building.

Peder Hörup, a project manager for Halmstad's energy and environmental service, said the chimney is part of a heating station and is awaiting demolition as a result of a known construction defect.

"Following consultation with the emergency services we decided to seal off the surrounding area purely as a precaution. We can't allow something to happen," he told news agency TT.

Southern Sweden is expected to be hit by around 10 centimetres of snow on Wednesday, rising to as much as 20 centimetres in central and northern parts, and up to 30 centimetres in coastal areas of Norrland.

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"It's going to continue for most of the day," said Anna Österman at meteorological agency SMHI.

"It's going to snow again tomorrow but by then it will be more sporadic," she added.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:12 January 27, 2010 by Rick Methven
I've already been out 4 times to clear the snow and we have another 5-10cm to come tonight!

Roll on Summer
17:29 January 27, 2010 by mazz
yep,good for the abs though Rick.
20:39 January 27, 2010 by peropaco
This is a good reason why my fellow Jews are fleeing Malmö. Unreasonable and depressive weather coupled with a vast amount of unlettered and easily prone to violence individuals. And by this I mean home and foreign born mules...
03:13 January 28, 2010 by Davey-jo
Oh come on! We are always being told that in "Europe" you cruise through snow like it wasn't there. We in the UK are laughed at for even stopping at the first snowflake. What's a few feet of white stuff to you tough Northerners? just button up your vests and get on with life.
13:29 January 28, 2010 by Streja
Davey-jo, this is nothing like the UK. I was there when it snowed you see.

Here we're talking about high winds and amounts of snow that you can't even imagine.
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