warning for traffic chaos

7am Saturday - Record low for the Winter season

Published lördag 1 december 2012 kl 10.31
Översnöad Uppsalapendel. Foto: Jonas Ahlman / SR
Train travellers can expect delays. Photo: Jonas Ahlman / SR

Temperatures plunged in Sweden overnight with a record cold for the season measured at 7am in Vittangi between Kiruna and Gällivare where it was -33.5 degrees celsius. The Swedish Met office (SMHI) also issued a class 1 warning for the coast of Norrland, upto the Västerbotten coast, where heavy snowfall continues. Throughout the day, snow will be spreading over Dalarna, Jämtland and Härjedalen causing major delays for road and rail traffic.

"There is about upto 40 centimetres of snow", says SMHI meteorologist Emil Björck to news agency TT.

In the Skaraborg area, the Swedish Transport Adminstration says extra help has been called in to plow all the roads, but there is still a problem keeping the roads clear of snow. Currently only the main roads are passable.

A class 1 warning means that a weather development is expected that may pose certain risks to the public and disturb some social functions.