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Deadly snow storm heading for Sweden

TT/The Local · 1 Mar 2010, 08:20

Published: 01 Mar 2010 08:20 GMT+01:00

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"It will snow up to a decimetre in southern and eastern parts of the country, with brisk winds in Skåne," said Lisa Frost at the Swedish meteorological agency SMHI to news agency TT.

The agency has issued a class one (on a climbing scale of four) storm warning in eastern areas of central Sweden. The coast of Norrland will also see snowfalls, although somewhat lighter.

Train services will be hit over the coming days. National rail operator SJ will continue to run fewer trains on the Stockholm-Malmö and Stockholm-Gothenburg routes, with high speed X2000 trains from Malmö-Gothenburg suspended completely.

The weekend thaw has prompted snow and ice to fall from roofs across Sweden.

In central Norrköping the emergency services and the police issued warnings for falling snow and ice, but no one is reported to have been injured.

"But that had more to do with luck than anything else. Masses of snow and ice has fallen from roofs in Östergötland today," Johan Holgersson at Linköping county communication centre told news agency TT.

There were several reports of damaged cars in Stockholm on Sunday as the warmer temperatures and light rain dislodged massive amounts of snow and ice on roofs.

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But after the snow cometh the sunshine - a high pressure front with clear weather and above-zero temperatures will follow later in the week.

"As the sun warms the days, there will be slight feeling of spring," Lisa Frost said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:12 March 1, 2010 by Keith #5083
A real Swedish winter.It calls upon us to be extra careful and take precautions - and also look to the welfare of our neighbours. It also calls upon us to set aside our sense of inconvenience and simply marvel at the staggering power and beauty of nature.

And to think that every snowflake is different,individual. Truly amazing.

I do sincerely hope,however, that we shall not hear of more people being killed or injured as a consequence.
09:23 March 1, 2010 by byke
"As the sun warms the days there will be slight feeling of spring," Lisa Frost said.

.... who's her brother? JACK ???? LOL
10:46 March 1, 2010 by J Jack
@ byke ... ahhh ha ha haaaaaaa. The last line of the article said nothing of spring, quote, " a high pressure front with clear weather and above-zero temperatures will follow later in the week." I should know, I'm jack.
12:58 March 1, 2010 by karex
"But after the snow cometh the sunshine..."

Perhaps but there will be a LOT of water on the ground. The rains last Fall saturated the ground. Before it could be properly absorbed it suddenly froze. The ground is still too saturated and as a result all this melting snow has no-where to go. We should prepare for flooding.
13:50 March 1, 2010 by eZee.se
@Keith #5083, dude, you sound like a snowflake ;))

which side of who's bed did you get up on?
15:52 March 1, 2010 by EP
Do not forget my dear Swedish colleagues to work from home when you can, since it can be stressful getting to work in the snow, and we do not like to get stressed in Sweden ...
02:23 March 2, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Everything is starting to bloom already here in Washington State on the West Coast of the US. It is such a weird winter.
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