Season’s first snowfall coats northern Sweden

Winter’s first snow has fallen in northern Sweden, although the rest of the country will likely remain flake-free for at least the next ten days.

Season's first snowfall coats northern Sweden
An earlier snowstorm swept through Dalarna in May 2008

The mountains of Lappland and Tornedalen received their first snowfall overnight into Sunday.

“It snowed last night and also today,” meteorology agency SMHI’s Lisa Frost told the TT news agency on Sunday.

“You could probably say that this is the first now. There has been local snow at higher elevations, but now it’s down at the lower elevations. I’m guessing this snowfall will be measureable.”

However, it’s not unusual for areas in northern Sweden to receive snowfall this time of year, according to SMHI.

“It’s not that strange. We’ve had temperatures around freezing and that means snow can come,” said Frost.

Frost wasn’t sure when residents in the rest of Sweden might expect to see flakes falling outside their windows.

“It’s hard to say. Right now we conditions are very marked by high pressure and even if that continues, we won’t have much precipitation, but rather mostly clear skies,” said Frost.

According to the latest SMHI forecasts, no snow is expected in the rest of the country in the next ten days.

“If there is any precipitation, it will be rain showers. It more in the mountains where snow showers can continue,” said Frost.

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