Police warn of slippery roads across Sweden

Slippery roads in several locations across Sweden disrupted motorists during the morning rush hour on Monday, with police issuing warnings to exercise caution after a spate of accidents.

There were several accidents reported in Österlen in the far south of Sweden, with a bus involved in a crash on the E4 motorway near Örkeljunga in western Sweden.

“We have dispatched emergency services to the scene,” said a spokesperson at the emergency helpline in Malmö.

The accident has blocked the motorway just south of Markeryd, while there is no information regarding any injuries.

There were several accidents reported in the Stockholm area on Monday morning with three on the E4 – at Rotebro, Tureberg and at the exit towards Märsta.

Stockholm police issued warnings of unpredictable road conditions.

“It is a bit deceiving, it is dry in some places but slippery in others, especially on viaducts and bridges, so you have to be careful,” said Ulf Lindgren at Stockholm county police.

There were several accidents reported in western Sweden during the night and Monday morning. According to police,the reports concern a total of around 20-25 accidents.

“During the night it was mostly north of Gothenburg, in the morning throughout the county,” said police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson.

Gustafsson added that there are no reports of anyone being seriously injured.

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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.