Southern Swedes told to stay off the roads

Southern Swedes told to stay off the roads
Snowfalls and a slew of road accidents in southern Sweden, has led to calls from the authorities for drivers to leave their cars at home.

“There are difficulties in traffic almost everywhere,” said Martin Carlsson at Skåne police.

The traffic situation in the county of Skåne in southern Sweden remained troublesome overnight as snowfalls continued.

Police reported a total of 40 traffic accidents during Wednesday and overnight, although none of the accidents are reported to be serious.

“There is limited access on minor roads and an accident involving a truck on the E6 motorway near Vellinge has brought traffic to a standstill,” said Martin Carlsson.

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has recommended road-users to stay at home and the meteorological agency SMHI has issued a class one weather warning.

“Those who go out in the traffic are going to experience problems,” Tobbe Lundell at the administration told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The snow is continuing to fall heavily in several parts of Skåne and SMHI estimates that around 10 centimetres has fallen in local areas.

Recent days have seen cold temperatures blanket the country, but it is in Skåne where most of the snow has fallen and more is expected as a new front of harsh winter weather pushes in from Germany during the day.

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