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Snow causes slick roads in southern Sweden

TT/The Local · 21 Oct 2010, 08:12

Published: 21 Oct 2010 08:12 GMT+02:00

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“It’s been snowing for several hours now. If so much has fallen it may remain on the ground into the day tomorrow,” SMHI meteorologist Johan Lundgren told the TT news agency on Wednesday night.

In Vetlanda in southeastern Sweden, a car ended up on its roof after skidding off a slippery road. One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Another person was trapped in a vehicle involved in a one-car accident on route 27 between Växjö and Värnamo in south central Sweden, according to police in Jönköping. The accident brought traffic to a standstill for a 12 kilometre stretch between Horda and Bor.

Once traffic loosened up, one person was taken to hospital. According to police, the road near the accident site was extremely slippery.

On route 47 west of Oskarshamn in eastern Sweden, a car slid off the road around 5am, but it remains unclear if anyone was injured.

“It’s snowing and the weather is bad, with wet snow that then freezes,” a spokesperson from the Kalmar police in southern Sweden told TT.

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In Skåne in southern Sweden, there were also a number of reports of cars leaving the roads due to slippery conditions, according to the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:21 October 21, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
"Slick" roads? Get your dictionaries out, Local. I think you mean slippery roads.
09:34 October 21, 2010 by Grass
Perhaps you need to do the googling....

Slick definitely has the correct meaning, but perhaps a slightly different context..
10:42 October 21, 2010 by demils
sssssso you think open is an invitation like peace is to war, fiddler on the roof never hath a burden like heat in winter.

So Sorry the rain falls in the -gaparade, France might just be turning the corner, just in time, long-lost friend, and yea weee do agggreee, but oooo, procrastinate the beckoning and weee wave at the freee.
10:42 October 21, 2010 by J Jack
The only relation 'slick' has to slippery is in personality or appearance. A person can look slick or play a slick guitar riff. A sports car or super yacht can look 'sleek' but you can look 'slick' driving one. So I guess the roads were 'smooth' in a cool and awesome way? No, the word was used completely out of context. Perfect in manner; sharp, attentive, having perfect answers for virtually all questions, and, of course, large amounts of gel in hair. "that's why they call me slick." :-{|>
11:27 October 21, 2010 by tysklampa
Interesting to see, if you want, that most of the readers seem to be so bored at work, that they have even time to discuss a word in an entire article... If somebody wants to read a "perfectly" written English article, I would suggest that you read an English News Paper...
11:40 October 21, 2010 by calebian22
If the roads are frozen so they are smooth like glass, than slick is perfectly appropriate. The stock photo may not qualify, but somewhere in southern Sweden, for example outside my home, the roads are slick.

The Local does a great job in general with grammar. I would love to see all the grammar fiends (especially those who are wrong) on here produce perfect Swedish in the time frame the Local has to get the news out for us to read.
12:20 October 21, 2010 by Keith #5083

Good thought, but as an englishman I can tell you the english online press lacks the standards you recommend :) Many of them don't even seem to possess 'spell-checker' programmes.


I TOTALLY AGREE with your comments about The Local and am constantly amazed by contributors to comments who just moan and complain about the FREE service that they receive.

In these days of texting, chatboards and sound bites, language is always changing. The use of 'slick', therefore, has a correlation to slick (smooth) racing tyres and is a perfectly acceptable way of describing a smooth road surface. So, put your perfectionist dictionaries away, please, and modernise.

Or, at least, if you cannot resist the urge to correct The Local...do so with some respect for all the work they put in just so you can have your moment.....:)
12:31 October 21, 2010 by Swedesmith
I agree with both calebian and Keith. I enjoy reading this everyday and it's free. What's to complain about?
12:52 October 21, 2010 by Bringer
Whiners. Y'all need something to keep you interested during the day as opposed to p!ssing and moaning about grammar.
15:02 October 21, 2010 by International Man of Leisure
Definition #5 for "slick" at dictionary.com: "slippery, esp. from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil."

So the article is entirely correct in its usage of the word.

20:46 October 21, 2010 by ChrisPDX
Is this snowfall unusually early this year?
23:36 October 21, 2010 by wxman
Not unusual for Sweden, but perhaps a bit in the southern areas. Once again, Global Warming rears its ugly head!
15:53 October 22, 2010 by vikingolf
In the US, "slick" and "slippery" are used interchangeably to describe road conditions caused by precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain or hail). I am amazed at the nit-picking over usage concerning WEATHER. If it's white or wet, slow down when driving and make sure your tires have tread on them! O yeah, watch out for the other guy... Follow this advice and you are unlikely to die on the roads! BTW, The LOCAL translations are excellent in general.
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