Snow prompts traffic trouble across Sweden

Reports of traffic accidents continued to flood in from all parts of Sweden overnight as heavy snowfalls made driving conditions hazardous.

Snow prompts traffic trouble across Sweden

Towing services in Stockholm were pushed to capacity as motorists slid off the slushy roads around the capital.

But despite encountering large numbers of road accidents, police forces around the country had mercifully few reports of serious crashes.

While most of the accidents were largely unavoidable, police said a three-car pileup in Brahehus in southern Sweden was caused by an Italian driver with summer tyres.

“Not very clever considering the prevailing road conditions,” said a police spokesperson.

Chrysanthi Grammatopoulou at meteorological agency SMHI said snowfalls were expected along the entire east coast all day Thursday.

“But there will be occasional breaks,” she said.

The snow is also expected to drift inland to mountainous parts of western Norrland.

“There has however been an improvement in Västra Götaland, and it is also clear in parts of Värmland and northwestern Götaland. In Skåne too things have almost cleared up aside from a few light snow showers,” said Grammatopoulou.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 


As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas.