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Weather agency issues fresh storm warning

TT/The Local · 19 Feb 2010, 14:18

Published: 19 Feb 2010 14:18 GMT+01:00

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SMHI has issued a class 2 storm warning (of four, with four being the highest) for large parts of Götaland and Svealand. A new snow front is heading in from the west and will dump large quantities of snow on already hard hit transport routes.

Strong north-easterly winds gave SMHI cause to warn of significant property damage, disruption to key public services and significant danger for the general public.

The bad weather is set to draw eastwards on Saturday, with snowfalls of 20-30 centimetres forecast for Stockholm.

The Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket) has warned of potential problems to rail services and has pledged that it is as prepared as it can be.

"We have as many people working at our traffic service centres as possible, as well as sub-contractors who are working three round-the-clock shifts with snow clearance," said Anna Hansson at the administration.

Transport problems began to occur across the Stockholm region as light snow began falling during the course of Friday morning.

Many school buses in western Sweden were cancelled due to the bad weather and one school was closed. In Vänersborg the Birger Sjöberg high school, as well as Torpa and Tärnan schools, were evacuated due to safety concerns over the large quantities of snow on roofs.

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A roof, weighed down with snow, collapsed on a barn near Vimmerby in southern Sweden shortly after 10am on Friday morning. According to SOS Alarm emergency services there were around 50 young animals inside the building.

The Local reported on Thursday that many municipalities across Sweden had either exhausted their snow clearance budgets, or were close to doing so. With the heavy winter weather forecast to keep Sweden in its iron grip for a while yet, the economic consequences can only continue to mount.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:48 February 19, 2010 by Twiceshy
"A roof, weighed down with snow, collapsed on a barn near Vimmerby in southern Sweden"

Amazing how people don't build proper roofs in a country with so much snow.

Hint: gravity + slanted roofs = snow on the floor, not on the roof
18:04 February 19, 2010 by Douglas Garner
Interesting play on words... storm WARMING... I guess all the global warming talk is stuck in our heads!
20:17 February 19, 2010 by johnnyrebel
I love to shovel snow...real cool out doors in the country and a great workout. But whats up with the weather? Why?
02:26 February 20, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I can't believe some the towns have blown through their budget for clearing the snow already?! Don't you get snow every year? Maybe not quite as much but still to be out of money already and it is only February.
09:34 February 20, 2010 by Twiceshy
It means they only plan for the average years. Another lesson in financial management learned (or not...).
10:44 February 20, 2010 by silly t
with all the snow newspaper distributors were still outside brazing it.its carzy.only foreighners can do that.
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