Weather warnings map: Heavy snowfall set to batter southern Sweden

Large parts of southern Sweden have been told to brace for heavy snowfall, with national weather agency SMHI issuing orange and yellow warnings over Wednesday and Thursday.

Weather warnings map: Heavy snowfall set to batter southern Sweden
Expect slushy conditions on the roads in southern Sweden this week. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

According to SMHI meteorologist Marcus Letalick, the institute has issued “four separate warnings covering different areas”.

More specifically, areas of northern Götaland and southern Svealand are expected to see major snowfall over the next few days, which could cause issues for drivers and public transport.

Northern Götaland has an orange warning for wind and snowfall throughout Wednesday, with less severe yellow warnings issued for northern Bohuslän, southern Svealand, parts of Västra Götaland and central Småland.

“These cover roughly the same time period,” Letalick explained, “And it’s the same weather system affecting them all.”

The entire affected area stretches from Stockholm and Torsby in Värmland, down to Växjö and north of Göteborg on Wednesday. The warnings for southern Svealand and northern Götaland also apply for Thursday morning.

The cities of Karlstad, Örebro and Stockholm are all in a yellow-warning area, with Norrköping, Trollhättan and Jönköping in the orange-warning area. See map below for the exact areas affected.

The more severe orange warning refers to a “very limited accessibility” on roads, with the yellow warning referring to “limited accessibility”. Image: Johan Hallnäs/TT

“Snowfall will start on Wednesday morning, and continue throughout Wednesday into Thursday,” Letalick said. “In the rest of Götaland we will also see precipitation, but here it will fall as rain.”

In Northern Götaland, where an orange warning has been issued, 15-30 centimetres of snow is expected. Here, SMHI warns that there could be issues on the roads due to ice, slush and bad visibility. Areas with overground electricity wires could also see power cuts, which could affect the phone signal in the area.

In the other affected areas, only between 5-15 centimetres of snow is expected.

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Heavy snowfall warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala

Central Sweden, including Stockholm, has been placed under a yellow weather warning for heavy snowfall which is expected to cause issues on the roads and on public transport. Here are the details.

Heavy snowfall warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala

SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, has issued a yellow weather warning for some regions in central and northern Sweden on Monday.

Snow is expected to move towards Stockholm during the day, with northern Värmland and parts of Dalarna also affected.

The area under the yellow warning on Monday includes Stockholm, Södertälje, Uppsala, Västerås, Eskilstuna, Örebro, Karlstad and Falun.

A yellow warning is the least serious on SMHI’s scale, but it could still cause power outages or traffic disruptions, such as blocked roads, delayed or cancelled public transport, or just slow-moving traffic due to, for example, slippery roads.

“Weather that may affect society, present certain risks to the public and certain damage to property and the environment. Disruptions to some public functions are to be expected,” SMHI’s definition of a yellow weather warning reads.

On Monday, SMHI warns that there is a possibility of icy conditions, slush, bad visibility, whiteouts and snowdrifts, and that accessibility could be difficult in open areas especially, where snow may not yet have been ploughed. 

It also warns that there could be delays and cancellations on buses, trains and flights in affected regions, as well as a danger of power cuts in areas with overhead lines if the temperature drops close to zero.

The warning is expected to last until 8.00pm on Monday for Stockholm, Södertälje and Uppsala, and until 11.00pm on Monday in other affected areas.

Another yellow warning has also been issued for coastal regions of Västernorrland and southern Västerbotten, stretching just north of Sundsvall to Umeå, between 4.00pm on Monday until 2.00am on Tuesday.