Sweden braces for week of heavy snow

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Meteorologists predict heavy snowfall throughout the country and have issued a nationwide class 1 warning.


“There may be large quantities of snow,” explained Lisa Frost of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI.

“As it’s the first snow and it’s quite early in the season, we’re issuing the warning – especially as some people haven’t changed to their winter tyres yet.”

Throughout Monday, the Dalarna and Värmland counties have been slammed by a lengthy snow storm, which has left 10 cm (4 inches) of snow. SMHI forecast a further 10 cm before Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is already fighting the blizzards.

The season’s lowest temperature was recorded on Sunday night with Nattavaara in far northern Sweden hitting -22.1C (-6F).

http://www.thelocal.se/44116/20121029/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for this link

“Winter is early in France, Germany, Russia, Sweden” 
“Some people might think: This is just weather, an incidental local cold snap,” says Argiris. “But big parts of Europe are already experiencing (heavy) snowfall while November hasn’t even started yet. Winter is early in France, Germany, Russia, Sweden and it looks like it isn’t going away.”

4 thoughts on “Sweden braces for week of heavy snow”

  1. This is a major disaster in the making. So far in the UK we haven’t had any snowfall to be commented on, but it is coming! However, should this continue across Europe then there could be major problems transporting food and fuel supplies. This could become a winter of biblical proportions and with the bad harvests in Europe and America could well be a doomsday scenario. If you haven’t already started to put some food away, do so NOW!
    Tins and dried food obviously and get youself a small camping stove with some spare gas bottles.

  2. You could say it is also early here in the UK.
    We had a covering of snow around 1cm deep. It wasn’t a vast amount and didn’t last that long but it was the first time we have seen snow like that for a very long time.

    It is expected upon the hills for example, but at a mere 5m above sea level… it’s almost unheard of this time of year.

  3. The winter is bit early here in Finland too. First snow fell in Western part of Finland on thursday-friday last week.

    Weekends lowest temperature in SW-Finland was -12C. In Finnish Lapland there has been much colder than that. On friday morning in Salla near Russian border there was -25C.

    It is getting warmer now. It should be raining on weekend while temperature could reach 7C – 9C in SW-Finland near the sea. Snow is melting and will be gone in a day or two. That is not a case in Lapland. There the winter has begun and snow is not going anywhere until April/May next year.

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