Snowstorm hits southern Sweden: up to 30 centimetres expected

A snowstorm is set to hit large parts of southern Sweden on Wednesday and Thursday, with up to 30 centimetres of snow expected. Here’s what we know so far.

Snowstorm hits southern Sweden: up to 30 centimetres expected
There could be traffic delays and power blackouts on Wednesday and Thursday. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

On Wednesday morning, national weather agency SMHI had an orange warning in place for the northern Götaland region, which includes the cities Uddevalla, Trollhättan, Skövde, Jönköping, Linköping and Norrköping.

An orange warning is the second most serious on a three-point scale from yellow to red, and means that people living in these areas could expect for example blocked roads, traffic delays and likely power blackouts in areas that rely on aerial cables.

The alert is expected to be in place from 6am on Wednesday until Thursday noon, with a forecast of 15-30 centimetres of snow. With temperatures hovering around 0C, the snow is expected to be “heavy”, writes SMHI, and in some parts it may instead rain.

“It won’t be too much fun to be out and about on Thursday,” SMHI meteorologist Anders Wettergren told Swedish news agency TT on Wednesday morning.

A slightly less serious yellow warning includes the cities Karlstad, Örebro, Eskilstuna, Västerås, Södertälje and southern parts of Stockholm, as well as parts of the Småland region and the west coast north of Gothenburg.

Keep up to date with all current weather alerts on SMHI’s website HERE.

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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.