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Transport agency calls for caution after snow

The Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket) has called for car drivers to choose alternative transport as snowfalls and rain cause traffic problems across Sweden.

Transport agency calls for caution after snow

“Road-users should also keep informed about the traffic situation and weather development. Consider alternative modes of transport or to postpone your trip,” the agency wrote in a statement.

Snowfalls and windy conditions across southern Sweden on Monday caused a slew of traffic accidents.

A truck caused the blockage of a motorway slip-road on the E6 near Lomma. A further two trucks landed in the ditch after one attempted to overtake on the E4 south of Vaggeryd.

Furthermore a car hit the railings on road 40 near Öggestorp.

No one was injured in any of the reported accidents.

Meteorological agency SMHI has issued a class 2 weather warning for Kalmar, Jönköping, and Kroneberg counties in southern Sweden as a blast of winter weather is set to bring heavy snowfall and bone-chilling winds to many parts of the country.

A class 1 warning covers the rest of southern Sweden up to Östergötland County as well as most of the Swedish coastline.

“The snow looks like it will continue into Wednesday in many parts of eastern Götaland and eastern Svealand,” meteorologist Sten Laurin told the TT news agency on Monday.

Two decimeters of fresh snow are forecast across the area by Tuesday evening.

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding. 

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