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Record-breaking 113cm of snow falls in Luleå

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Record-breaking 113cm of snow falls in Luleå
Luleå resident Anitha Andesson enjoying the record snowfall. Photo: TT
10:40 CET+01:00
UPDATED: The people of Luleå in northern Sweden are used to white winters, but this Tuesday the snowfall hit new heights - or new depths - breaking a record set almost 50 years ago.

As snow continued to fall across Sweden, an impressive snowfall was measured at Luleå airport on Tuesday morning, breaking the town’s previous record of 111 cm in 1966.

“This has happened very fast. On January 28th they had 56 cm. In a week they have doubled their snow depth,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at SMHI, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

But while snow clearing teams were out in full force to make the roads safe, visitors to the Ormberget skiing slopes in Luleå were delighted at the snowfall bonanza.

 “Attracting guests is not a problem for us right now. They’re all out there going up and down in the slopes,” Glenn Robarth, team leader at Ormberget, told The Local.

“But clearing the paths is a lot of work. It’s a never-ending job of shovelling right now. We go around once and then when we’re back to where we started it’s all covered in snow again.”

And Luleå was not alone. Bergnäset recorded its deepest snow fall since 2002, with 110 cm measured on Monday, while Gördalen in the Dalarna region currently tops the league with 143 cm of snow.

"They have got the most snow in Sweden right now. A couple of days ago they had as much as 151 cm," said Alexandra Ohlsson.

The greatest snow depth record in Sweden ever reported was in 1926, when Kopparåsen in the far north, close to the Norwegian border, measured 327 cm of snow.

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