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Snowstorms threaten Sweden's east: agency

TT/The Local/vt · 8 Nov 2010, 14:52

Published: 08 Nov 2010 14:52 GMT+01:00

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The storm is expected to cause traffic problems in combination with anticipated high winds.

"After a cold and sunny start to the day in most parts of the country, denser clouds in the far south in the afternoon are increasing, as well as northeasterly winds," wrote SMHI meteorologist Niklas Einevik in a statement on Monday.

The class 2 warning (on an increasing scale of three) carries with it the possibility of dangerous weather conditions to the public, as well as potential significant material damage.

Uppland, Stockholm, Södermanland and Östergötland are expected be particularly affected by this weather system. Up to 20 centimeters of snow, as well as windy weather, are predicted.

SMHI has furthermore issued a class 1 warning to all surrounding counties.

Starting this evening, an area north of Götaland will receive snow and rain, which will spread to Svealand on Tuesday mostly as snowfall. Locally, up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected and in combination with fresh northeasterly winds.

There is a risk that falling snow will cause traffic problems, warned SMHI. In the south, temperatures are expected to range between 0 and five degrees, while to the north, they are expected to range from minus 5 to minus 15.

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The approaching storm is also proving to be problematic for ferry services.

Destination Gotland has cancelled two trips between Visby and Nynäshamn on Tuesday. The affected departures are the 7.05am on Tuesday morning as well as the return to Nynäshamn at 11.05am, Sveriges Radio Gotland reported on Monday.

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Your comments about this article

22:13 November 8, 2010 by Isis
Up to TWENTY centimeters of snow, not two, in the class 2 warning areas.
08:18 November 9, 2010 by byke
Woke up to absolutely no snow in Stockholm this morning and it was a little windy in the night. Great forecast by smhi .... NOT!
08:27 November 9, 2010 by vinve
Great!- Its snowing in Linköping from morning, with slippery conditions!
08:32 November 9, 2010 by JulieLou40
" isis: Trust the local to get it wrong, eh?
09:26 November 9, 2010 by Isis
JulieLou40: Yep... I've seen decimeters translated (directly) into centimeters often (in Google translated pages, for instance), but I'd expect better from The Local. The slight difference of 18 cm of snow might be rather important to those in the affected areas...
09:46 November 9, 2010 by Craptastical
It's funny, SMHI is forecasting the first major snowfall for the season, Aftonbladet screaming "Snow Chaos!" as though we should all find a safe place underground because the apocalypse is upon us... It's a repeat from *every single* year before.

It's November. It snows. This is when it's supposed to snow. Get used to it. Be surprised when there is no snow in November.
10:01 November 9, 2010 by Rick Methven
I was woken up in the night by the high winds - gusts up to 15m/s (33mph) according to my weather station. As My wifes car still has Summer tyres, I took her to work in mine and then had some business to do in town. Snow has been falling steadily since 06:00 and I saw lots of cars slipping around on summer tyres and 2 in the ditch on my way back home. Currently there is about 5cm and looking at the radar, it looks set to continyue well into the evening, at least around Linköping.
12:20 November 9, 2010 by Keith #5083
High winds and it's started snowing a little before 12-00. Right on frecast schedule for Dalsland area.

I agree with Craptastical...It's November, it's, supposed to be snowing. I still can't get over my childhood fascination that every snowflake is different yet they 'interlock' with each other. Be a great world if humans were the same, huh?
09:25 November 10, 2010 by Takai
Ladies and gentlemen,

What I am about to write is only based on my humble experience, and I clearly admit it might not be the true one.

From everyone I talked so far, they all say it has been rare to snow in November, even more rare a snowstorm in the last few years. So, Mr./ Ms. Craptastical, maybe it was a part of many childhood in Sweden to see snow in November - since many seem to agree with you - but not many agreed about the snowstorm - the ones I talked, at least.

Am I wrong?

Also, looking on the streets, I have seen people still with their autumn / summer jackets on, but not after this snowstorm, I must observe.

Interesting how the weather can be such an interesting subject.

I am open for discussions and different opinions, if constructive and free of any kind of hate.

Thank you all.
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