30cm snow in April? Please tell us you’re joking, Sweden!

Time to unpack your winter clothes – again. As a low-pressure area hits central Sweden, some parts can expect up to 30 centimetres of snow.

30cm snow in April? Please tell us you're joking, Sweden!
A snow-covered daffodil at Easter. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Snow, winds and wildfires. This is spring in Sweden, after all.

A low-pressure area moving north-east across southern and central parts of Sweden on Monday evening could bring snowfall and cause traffic disruptions in the next 24 hours, forecasters predict.

The surprise spring snowstorm is expected to last until Tuesday morning.

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI has issued a class-two (“very severe”) weather warning for snow, sleet and strong winds in the east-central county of Gävleborg.

Class-one (“severe”) weather warnings for snow and strong winds have been issued for the counties of Värmland, Dalarna, Örebro, Västmanland and Uppsala, and for the Roslagen coastline in the Stockholm county. The amount of precipitation varies, from three millimetres of snow in the eastern counties to 20 centimetres in the west.

Meanwhile, the risk of wildfires remains high in the northern Västernorrland county.