Swedish motorists warned of icy roads as cold snap bites

Swedish emergency services are warning motorists to take extra special care over the weekend, as a cold snap brought black ice to roads across the country, causing a string of accidents.

Swedish motorists warned of icy roads as cold snap bites
The roads will be a bit icy over the weekend, but not quite as bad as in this archive picture. Photo: Pontus Stenberg/TT
“We have had five traffic accidents already this morning,” Anders Hägglund, head of the rescue services in Södertörn outside Stockholm, told the Expressen newspaper. “When it’s slippery and you go into a skid, that’s what can happen.” 
A truck slid off the E4 motorway at the Järna junction south of Stockholm early on Saturday morning and ended up stuck between two exits. Traffic on the road then came to a total stop for several hours. 
Another accident took place in the Stockholm area of Solvalla in the early afternoon, and two more accidents north of the city near Norrtälje. 
Hägglund advised motorists not to go out without winter tyres, and warned others to drive slowly and keep their distance from the cars in front. 
Lasse Rydqvist, a meteorologist at the weather forecasting company StormGeo, said that a high pressure system in the west of Sweden was bringing cold weather. 
“It’s going to continue to be colder than normal, two to four degrees colder than what you might expect for late November,” he told Expressen. 
“By midday the temperature’s going to be around zero, nudging into the positive in some parts of the south. In the north, we can expect between zero and -5C,” he said. 
He said that as meteorological winter spread to central and southern Sweden it was time to put winter tyres on cars. 
“It’s pretty frozen out there in the countryside and on the roads and it looks like the same situation on Saturday night,” he said. 

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden

Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have delayed trains and disrupted road traffic across southern Sweden, according to the Swedish Transport Administration.

IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden
A lightning bolt spreads out over the sea at the Scaniabadet swimming area in Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
“There was a huge amount of lightening over night and this morning, and that knocked out the power systems,” Katarina Wolfram, a press spokesperson for the Agency told the DN newspaper. “On several stretches, barriers are down at level crossings even though there is no train coming.” 
Lightning strikes near the Turning Torso in Malmö's Western Harbour district. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
The routes between Hässleholm and Kalmar, Karlskrona and Kalmar, and Värnamo and Alvesta have all been affected.
Wolfram said it had been difficult to carry out repairs in the morning as there was still a risk of lightning strikes. 
“Lightning and working on electrical faults are not the best combination, so we are not sending out personnel to areas where there are still thunderstorms,” she said. 
The administration expects normal traffic to resume after midday. 
According to Sweden's state weather forecaster, parts of northern Skåne received as much as 24mm of rainfall on Tuesday night, while a photographer for the TT newswire took spectacular photos of forked lightning in the skies of Malmö.
The storm front is now moving north towards Östergötland in central Sweden. 
Lightning in the skies above Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT