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Snow and severe cold forecast for Sweden

TT/The Local/rm · 2 Feb 2012, 06:52

Published: 02 Feb 2012 06:52 GMT+01:00

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“Northeastern winds are sweeping in over the Baltic building up snow flurries, and as these hit the coast they will gather momentum, causing heavy snowfall,” said Emil Björck, meteorologist at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

Forecasters believe that the gathering storm may bring up to 30 centimetres of snow to some parts of the country. SMHI has so far issued a Class 2 warning for Kalmar county.

A Class 2 warning is classified as weather, which could pose a danger to the public, cause major damage to property and major disruptions in essential services.

According to the meteorologists, the phenomenon of snow gathering force in this way occurs when cold air moves over the ocean, picking up humidity from the warmer seawater. The snow flurries then move in over land and increase in intensity due to the chill.

“It is a little bit like a snow cannon, you take humid air and spray it into a cold environment, making it freeze very fast and fall to the ground,” Björck explained to TT.

Forecasters predict snow to fall all along the eastern coastline over the next few days.

On the Baltic island of Gotland, in Stockholm and straight across the coastal counties they promise heavy snowfall toward the end of the week.

As the snow cannon has unloaded all its ammunition over the country by the weekend, temperatures are expected to drop to below -10 Celsius in southern Sweden.

“In the north we can expect -20 and below,“ Björck told TT.

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The icy temperatures in the very north of Sweden have recently made the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia freeze over, according to local paper Västerbottenskuriren.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:03 February 2, 2012 by johan rebel
"temperatures well below freezing are expected to hit Sweden over the next few days" Duh? What about the past few days?

09:19 February 2, 2012 by Ambre
-3, -4 is not "well below", it is "just" below...well below means more than -10...
09:35 February 2, 2012 by Stonebridge
An article about cold weather in Sweden in the winter is about as interesting as one about how wet it is in the UK.

09:51 February 2, 2012 by naimad
So why do you read it? duh!
10:33 February 2, 2012 by gplusa
The northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia freezes over every winter. That's about as headline grabbing as the sun coming up. It's more of a problem if it DOESN'T freeze over.
10:33 February 2, 2012 by hipersons1
So... a nor'easter? Just in Sweden? Funny, I thought this was special to New England. Finally some real snow!


For the record, these articles would be much more helpful if you

1. gave a range of estimate snow totals in key cities, and

2. gave the estimated start and end of the storm on each coast.
11:18 February 2, 2012 by hilt_m
It has been sitting around -10 to -12 today in Stockholm and snowing on and off for most of the day. Think it might be time to get the fat pants out!
11:26 February 2, 2012 by skogsbo
strange, I though it had been permanently below zero, with snow on the ground, in pretty much all of Sweden for a few weeks now? Must be my imagination.
11:31 February 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
....So useful to be reminded that there IS cold weather, snow (etc) in Sweden in the wintertime....

Gosh! That reminds me: I must put my gloves on when I go outside
14:47 February 2, 2012 by StockholmSam
Wow, an article about cold weather in Sweden generates more responses than articles about the economy.
18:39 February 2, 2012 by roaringchicken92
@Stockholm Sam

...and only to say how ridiculous and meaningless the article is lol
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