Autumn over as winter snow sweeps Sweden

Snow and sub-zero temperatures hit widespread parts of Sweden on Thursday night and will carry on through Friday and beyond, with meteorologists warning motorists that now is the time to change to winter tyres.

Autumn over as winter snow sweeps Sweden

The coldest temperature of the season was recorded on Thursday night in Karesuando, in far northern Sweden near the Finnish border, where the mercury dropped to -12.5C.

Snow fell in Västernorrland, Dalarna and Gävleborg, and in many areas further north, but experts said the snow is nothing to worry about.

“I believe that in most places it’s only been a few centimetres of snow that have settled,” Sandra Andersson of Sweden’s weather agency SMHI told the TT news agency.

SMHI issued a class 1 warning, stating that motorists should beware of slippery roads, although no damage was reported throughout the night.

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The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) reminded motorists to keep a safe distance from other vehicles and to switch from summer tyres.

“Don’t forget your car tyres,” the administration posted on its site. “If you haven’t already changed to your car’s winter tyres then it’s time to do it now.”

While snow hasn’t yet reached the capital, temperatures are expected to hover above and below the zero mark for the next few days.

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