Stockholm could be about to turn into an ice skating rink

Plummeting temperatures look set to freeze the melting snow in Stockholm on Friday.

Stockholm could be about to turn into an ice skating rink
Slushy streets in Stockholm on Thursday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Stockholm broke its old November snow record on Thursday morning, after a 39 centimetre thick layer was measured at weather agency SMHI's station in the city, the most snow since records began in 1905.

But while many tried to make the best of the snowfall (by for example snowboarding through the streets of Södermalm), it also caused huge problems for commuters.

On Friday morning SMHI predicted that things would mostly calm down from here.

“It's not that exciting now. It's starting to calm down and for the first time in a good while we haven't issued any weather warnings,” meteorologist Charlotta Eriksson told newswire TT.

However, there is one cloud on the horizon. In Stockholm, where some of the snow has begun melting, temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing point, to -1C on Friday.

This could make for icy roads and pavements, so commuters and pedestrians alike are advised to stay careful.

“We're trying to scrape as much ice as possible from the roads and we're spreading salt. But the salt does not last so it can get slippery again after a couple of hours. It's an ongoing work, but you have to be aware that it could get slippery quickly,” Beisi Sundin at the Swedish Transport Administration's press office told TT on Thursday evening.

More than 1,500 complaints have been made to Stockholm Council's traffic office, which is responsible for clearing snow from the streets. All buses apart from the major lines were cancelled in central Stockholm during the worst of the snowfall on Wednesday.

The traffic office said that they had prioritized vital roads, to make sure that emergency vehicles and key public transport lines would be able to continue to operate.

“We know we haven't been 100 percent, we have not been able to,” spokesperson Anders Porelius told the Aftonbladet tabloid on Thursday, saying it was an exceptional situation.