Snow eases in time for morning rush hour

Snowploughs and gritters were out in force on Tuesday morning attempting to clear snow and ice that caused slippery roads across large parts of the country on Monday.

After huge amounts of snow fell across Sweden causing traffic and train delays on Monday night, the Swedish Transport Administration says its staff worked through the night to make roads safe in time for the rush hour on Tuesday morning.

In some parts of northern Sweden, snow clearing teams worked a double shift to make sure that roads were safe.

“We’re using all our resources. It is full on [work] and long shifts,” Anders Stensland, a spokesperson for the team in the municipality of Norrland told TT.

By 8am, no accidents had been reported across the country, in contrast to earlier in the week when more than 40 accidents were recorded in Stockholm alone between Sunday night and Monday morning.

But many commuters earlier struggled to travel home on Monday night due to icy roads and cancelled rail services.

“The weather has been and still is a great discomfort across the country. In Mälardalen it has been extra difficult, where snow has fallen on the slippery ice. Even along the Upper Norrland coast there is a great trouble with snow and ice,” Roger Falk, a press officer at the Swedish Transport Administration said just after the evening rush hour.

He warned all travellers to “slow down and be prepared for bad road conditions”.

In west Sweden several train services were delayed due to snow and track problems but routes were understood to be running as normal on Tuesday.

Bergnäset recorded its deepest snow fall since 2002, with 110 centimetres measured on on Monday.

The cold snap is set to continue across most of Sweden in the coming days, although less snow is anticipated.

“Freezing temperatures and cold air is affecting the whole country. Tuesday is expected to be generally below freezing,” Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist at SMHI told the TT news agency.