More snow expected in southern Sweden

Southern Sweden was braced for yet more snow on Sunday, after substantial falls on Saturday afternoon and evening, delighting children but causing traffic chaos.

More snow expected in southern Sweden
Snow in Malmö's St Knut's Square on Sunday morning. Photo: Daniel Barkman
According to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), up to 20cm of snow is expected to fall in some northern areas of Skåne, with heavy falls also coming in parts of Hålland and Blekinge.  
On Sunday morning, the weather in Malmö was alternating between light snow and drizzle, but according to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, temperatures could drop as low as -5C to -10C by the evening, leading to further snowfall. 
According to Kim Hild, from the police in Skåne, the snowfall has led to a spate of accidents, with about 20 incidents across the region. 
“There were about twice as many accidents as yesterday night,” she told the Kvällsposten newspaper. “People seem to get caught off guard every time it snows. It’s really not difficult, you just need to keep your distance a little, take it a little more calmly.” 
Åsa Wagenius, regional press officer for the Swedish Transport Administration, said that accidents had caused a traffic jam on the E6 north from Malmö. 
“Winter has really come to Skåne,” she said. “Anyone without studded tyres should probably stay home.” 
On early Sunday morning SMHI still had class one weather warnings in place around southern Skåne, but these were removed by 9.30am. 
According to the forecaster, the weather belt is moving slowly southwest towards Denmark.
Parts of northern Sweden have already been coated with snow, the first of which fell as early as September.
But so far much of southern and central Sweden, including Stockholm, has had little more than a dusting this winter.

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Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Several places around Sweden broke temperature records over the weekend, as unusually warm weather for March bathed the northern half of the country.

Swedish towns set record for warmest March weekend

Torpshammar, near Sundsvall in Västernorrland, on Sunday recorded a temperature of 16.8C.

This was the highest temperature registered anywhere in the country so far this year, although Gävle and Delsbo in Gävleborg were close behind, with both recording a temperature of 16.7C. 

“It’s been warm across the country, but it’s been mostly in the middle and north of Norrland that we’ve had temperatures that are a long way above normal,” Ida Dahlström, a meteorologist with state weather forecaster SMHI, told the TT newswire.

For Delsbo 16.7C is the highest temperature recorded in March since records began in 1898. The cities of Kiruna and Umeå, and the harbour town of Örskär, where records began in 1898, 1858, and 1937 respectively, also all set new March records.

Gäddede and Frösön, both close to the Norwegian border in Jämtland, registered the warmest March day since 1945, while the nearby Storlien registered the warmest March day since 1881.

Dahlström said that cold wind would soon bring an end to the balmy temperatures, with snow expected on Tuesday in many of the central parts of Sweden currently enjoying unusual spring warmth. 

Last year, Sweden recorded the third-hottest June on record, with Stockholm seeing its hottest ever month.

“June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in my hometown Stockholm, by a large margin,” climate campaigner Greta Thunberg tweeted at the time. “The second hottest June was in 2020. The third in 2019,” she added.

“Am I sensing a pattern here? Nah, probably just another coincidence.”