Stockholm was covered by at least 30 centimetres of snow early on Thursday morning, more than on any other November day since records began in 1905, according to national weather agency SMHI.
The previous November record was in 1985 and 2004 when the snow was 29 centimetres thick (however, that does not even come close to the all-time record for Stockholm: 76 centimetres in March 1909).
“In the morning around 21 centimetres had fallen. During the day another 15 to 20 centimetres fell,” SMHI meteorologist Elisabeth Saarnak told Aftonbladet on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning at 7am the snow was 39 centimetres thick at SMHI's weather station in Stockholm.
The sudden snowfall – brilliantly known as a 'snow cannon' in Swedish – created huge problems for many commuters on Wednesday. Many buses across the capital and beyond were cancelled, and drivers were forced to abandon their cars on the motorway. Several reported being stuck in their cars for ten hours.
In the Järfälla suburb of Stockholm, public transport operator Nobina replaced their buses with boats taking passengers from Klara Mälarstrand in central Stockholm to Jakobsberg and Kallhäll.
At 3am on Thursday traffic authorities were still at work salvaging vehicles that had got stuck in the snow, and warned commuters not to bring their car to work. Public transport operator SL also said that delays were expected on Thursday, especially for buses, and the local authority urged Stockholmers to work from home if possible.
“We completely understand that not everyone can work from home, but those who can should consider it. Otherwise, leave as early as possible. There will be a lot of people on the road at the same time,” council transport spokesperson Anders Porelius told Aftonbladet.
By Thursday evening clouds had moved north and snow had fallen over most of Västernorrland, Gävleborg and parts of Jämtland counties. Snow was also forecast to fall on southern country Kalmar.