SHARE
COPY LINK
CHRISTMAS TRANSPORT CHAOS

WEATHER

Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday

Sunday is expected to be an intense traffic day, as many return home from holiday celebrations, but the weather may cause trouble for travelers along the coast of Norrland, in northern Sweden.

Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday

“We’ve issued a Class 2 warning for Gävleborg’s and Västernorrland’s coastal regions. We’re expecting up to three decimeters of snow in these regions, in combination with fresh winds, or even strong winds by the coast. This could cause big problems on the E4 motorway,” said Linnéa Rehn, SMHI’s on-call meteorologist to news agency TT.

The heavy snowfall over the Gävleborg and Västernorrland regions is expected to continue throughout the day, and won’t diminish until Sunday night.

Travelers in the regions of Jämtland, inland Gävleborg, Uppsala and Stockholm may also experience some trouble getting home on time, as SMHI has issued a Class 1 warning for these areas.

“There could be around a decimeter of snow there, but the snowfall will end during the afternoon,” Linnéa Rehn said.

The situation on southern Swedish roads is decidedly better today than yesterday, however.

“Skåne, which had big problems yesterday, looks fine. Most roads are already navigable, and the roads of Söderslätt and Österlen should be ready by lunchtime,” Beisi Sundin, press officer at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) said to TT.

She warned, however, that there may still be difficulties on smaller roads east of route 9.

The traffic situation on the Baltic island of Öland also looks brighter today, and western Sweden has no reported traffic problems. It has snowed in Stockholm, and there may be some snow drifts.

The coast of Gävleborg, expected to have severe traffic problems during the day, is calm for now.

“We haven’t had any reported accidents yet, in the morning. The rail traffic hasn’t really got started yet, so there haven’t been any problems there either,” said Beisi Sundin.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

WEATHER

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. 

SHOW COMMENTS