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Snowfalls put Swedish spring on ice

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 18 Mar 2011, 15:54

Published: 18 Mar 2011 15:54 GMT+01:00

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Sweden's meteorological agency SMHI has issued a class one weather warning (on an ascending scale of three) for the snowfalls which are forecast to be intensive during the afternoon and evening, bringing around 10-15 centimetres of snow.

"The area of snowfall which has led to a significant amount of new snow in southern Sweden and is now on its way up over Norrland, will tomorrow afternoon move off towards Finland," Emma Grönkvist at SMHI said in a statement on Friday.

A major traffic accident occurred on road 70 between Säter and Borlänge in central Sweden at Friday lunchtime. A total of fourteen vehicles were involved in the accident which blocked traffic, although no injuries were reported.

The accident was one of over ten reported in area on Friday morning as the snowfalls caused treacherous conditions on the roads in many areas.

But despite the wintry interval on Friday, SMHI assured that spring is in fact in the air in most parts of southern Sweden with the official definition - average daily temperatures above zero for seven consecutive days - now met as far north as Stockholm.

The warmer temperatures in south-eastern Sweden however brought problems of another kind as the Öresund bridge was forced to close to road traffic for several hours on Friday due to the risk of falling ice from suspension cables.

Train services continued to run as normal and the road link was reopened at around 3.30pm.

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Forecasts for the weekend are more in tune with the new season than the old, with sunny weather and warmer temperatures promised for Stockholm and many areas of southern Sweden.

The Friday snowfalls will however mean that snow drifts will remain until well into next week despite the prevailing mid-March thaw.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

00:26 March 19, 2011 by waffen
This is Sweden, after all, and anything can happen in March.

Native Swedes adjust to the Swedish weather as easyily as fish adjust to water, and like fish they cannot abide too hot temperatures.
02:26 March 19, 2011 by Eagle63
Now That's why I spent my winters in Florida...

Won't return to Sweden till May, then in the fall to Canada, winter in FL etc...

Nice 'triangle' isn't it..?
09:19 March 19, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
"Slew"? Another of Peter's favourite words. You need a better dictionary Pete.
10:51 March 19, 2011 by johnny1939
I love winter. Soon enough we will be sweating. I don't care for Florida at all Hawaii is much better. Go Hawaii and there is snow there to fi difficult to get to but it is there.
17:02 March 19, 2011 by waffen

Why bother running from/to Canada-Florida when you can go to Portugal, Spain, and Italy, with their miles of beach on the Adriatic, and the Almalfi Coast, all of which are much better that Florida and are still in Europe?

Canada is fine, especially Quebec, with thier Gaspesie Penisula, and Gaspe village, and Mitis and Monanie, and the many other areas of the Gaspesie.

Quebec City has Le Chateau Frontenac, which has much old world class and history and is better than any hotel in Floridia; and Quebec City is without the hordes of "snowbirds" from NYC and NJ, or Main-Line Pennsylvania, who are heading to their enclaves in Palm Springs, et al , when certain of their segments are not taking refuge in the Catskills of NY enclaves.

Your "triangle" is in need of a bit of re-triangulation.
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