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White Christmas to hit Sweden two days late

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White Christmas to hit Sweden two days late
Heavy snow trapped parked cars in Malmö in 2010. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT
10:58 CET+01:00
A few days too late for a white Christmas perhaps, but according to Sweden's national weather forecaster, heavy snow will hit swathes of the south and west of the country from Saturday night.
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) issued a Class One snow warning for Skåne in southern Sweden on Saturday morning, predicting that the wall of cold air descending from the north would bring as much as five centimetres of snow from about 5pm in the evening.
 
"There will be between ten and 20cm of snow during the night, with the most snow likely to come on the western side of the country," Camilla Albertsen, a meteorologist at the weather agency Storm told Expressen newspaper. 
 
"Late on Monday, we expect milder air to come again so the snow is not likely to remain." 
 
The snowfall is predicted to gradually move north up the country over Saturday night, hitting the belt between Stockholm and Gothenburg on Sunday. 
 
After record warm temperatures throughout most of December, daytime temperatures are set to drop below freezing across most of the country, the only the far south and west remaining warm. 
 
Storm Staffan, which claimed two lives in Norway on Christmas Eve, quietened down by the time it hit Sweden on Christmas Day, with only the mountain areas around Åre and Stekenjokk seeing winds over 30 meters per second. 
 
In Östergötland south of Stockholm, police reported that frozen roads had led to four car accidents on Friday morning. 
 
Only areas of Norrbotten and Västerbotten in the northern half of Sweden had white Christmases.  The major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, and even Gävle in Norrland saw no snow whatsoever. 
 
 
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