It’s skiing time in southern Sweden as snow moves in

It's skiing time in southern Sweden as snow moves in
Snow is expected in southern Sweden this week. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Take out your warm jacket and maybe even your skis. This week brings snow to the south of Sweden and extreme temperatures to the north.

Meteorologists have predicted that a so-called “Russian chill” will hit southern province Skåne this week, with high pressure moving in from the east and bringing cold air with it. 

Snowfall started in the south on Monday morning, and could continue until Thursday, with easterly winds of up to nine metres per second potentially making life difficult for residents.

But it's not all bad, as “you'll be able to ski in Skåne soon,” promised SVT meteorologist Ebba Mårtensson. Snowfall is also predicted in Götaland, Svealand, and perhaps less surprisingly, southern Norrland over the course of the week. 

The people in Sweden's furthest north will have bigger worries however, as temperatures continue to drop sharply from last week. The mercury is set to plunge to between -25 and -30C in Sweden's northernmost province over the next few days. A forecast of -5C in southern Sweden seems almost tropical by comparison. 

The return of the winter weather has also made roads slippery, already causing a handful of minor road accidents in southern and south-western Sweden.

Those not so keen on a February freeze will be happy to learn that a temperature increase is expected by Friday, so enjoy the skiing while you can, people of Skåne.