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Spring snowfalls cause transport turmoil

TT/The Local/pvs · 14 Apr 2012, 11:27

Published: 14 Apr 2012 11:27 GMT+02:00

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"We have ten ongoing (power) interruptions. We don't dare put a time on it yet, but we hope to remedy the outages quickly," said Magnus Kryssare at power utility Vattenfall to the TT news agency.

He underlined that staff are either already in place or on their way to fix the problems.

The heavy, wet snowfalls have however hampered efforts to get the power back on.

"There has been ten to fifteen centimetres of wet snow and it's hard to get around. We also have a helicopter on standby," he said.

At around 11am on Saturday, Vattenfall had about 13,500 customers without electricity.

Power utility Eon reported that 4,289 of the households it supplies in northern Stockholm were without power at 6.30am on Saturday. Many of these customers had been re-connected by mid-morning, according to a press release from the power company.

Fortum's customers were also affected with over 1,000 households without power on Saturday morning. The firm reported that its staff are working hard to address the problems.

Public transport across the Stockholm region was experiencing problems on Saturday morning following the snowfalls.

Bus services in several areas were delayed or cancelled with areas of black ice reported on roads.

The Roslagsbanan train services had been replaced by buses due to the power outages after a fallen tree pulled down overhead power lines.

Police in Stockholm had furthermore received a slew of reports of car accidents in the area during the course of the morning.

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"There has been quite a number, 13 in total, which are connected to the weather," said Sven-Erik Olsson at Stockholm county police.

Therese Fougman at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is however not overly surprised by the spate of wintry weather.

"In mid-April, most things can happen. There may be setbacks and there will be a little snow," she said.

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

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Your comments about this article

15:04 April 14, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Where's this warm Spring weather that The Local claimed was coming shortly the other day? 😖
16:27 April 14, 2012 by Eagle63
Global Warming !!
20:25 April 14, 2012 by Prestonrobsun
And all winter tyres have to be removed before now? Sensible Sweden.......
21:48 April 14, 2012 by johan rebel
Spent the day in my garden. Blue skies, little wind, and lots of sunshine. Sweden is a big country.
00:44 April 15, 2012 by Jlarsson
Haha.....I m in Boulder right now and snowing.... Goin to live in sthlm in may and June....hope weather turns there.....it sure is goin to be snowy tonight here
08:40 April 15, 2012 by Keith #5083
"Studded tires may be used also at other times, if there is or likely to be winter roads". (http://www.transportstyrelsen.se/sv/Vag/Fordon/fordonsregler/Dack/Vinterdack/)

So, sorry nr.3 prestonrobsun, your point about sensible Sweden was quite correct, but not in the way you intended.
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