The worst is over (we think), but if you live in these areas you may get more snow today

The winter storm is expected to die down on Thursday, but a snow warning remains in place for parts of southern Sweden – while the north can expect a cold but sunny day.

The worst is over (we think), but if you live in these areas you may get more snow today
A man skiing in central Stockholm on Wednesday. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

National weather agency SMHI's class-one snow warnings (the least serious kind on a scale from one to three) remained in place on Thursday for counties Skåne and Blekinge and the southern east coast.

South-eastern parts of Stockholm could also be hit with more snow on Thursday, it said.

“On the whole you could say that this problematic weather with snow flurries and drifting snow along the east coast of Götaland will continue in the next 24 hours, although the snow flurries are less intense and not as extensive,” SMHI meteorologist Therese Gadd told the TT newswire.

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Snow outside Ystad in Skåne on Wednesday. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Kalmar, which was hit hard by the blizzard this week, said its school buses would not run on Thursday either. The snowy weather caused major traffic problems in southern Sweden on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with several accidents and motorway pile-ups reported across the region.

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Most of northern Sweden is expected to get quite pleasant winter weather on Thursday, with freezing cold temperatures dropping to around -20C or even -30C, but clear and sunny skies.

And the snow was not all bad. On Wednesday, a group of international surfers decided to take advantage of the waves south of Stockholm in below-freezing waters, creating some truly spectacular pictures:

IN PICTURES: Surfing the 'Beast from the East' in ice-cold Swedish waters