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Storm winds expected to blow in over southern Sweden

Updated fredag 9 januari 2015 kl 15.19
Published fredag 9 januari 2015 kl 11.05
Två människor som går i stark motvind.
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Winds whipping at up to 22 meters per second are expected to hit Skåne on Friday afternoon, and the speed of those winds will likely only get worse on Saturday as they hit more of the country.

The Swedish meteorological service has issued a series of weather warnings for Friday and Saturday, almost completely covering the southern half of Sweden, as well as the surrounding waters.

Skåne, Halland, Gotland, and Öland, are expected to get storm-strength winds, and those areas are where the more severe weather warnings are in effect, mostly for Saturday, but also for Friday in Skåne. Winds are predicted to reach up to 28 meters per second. 

The Swedish weather service writes that these areas may be affected by significant material damage and also big interruptions to important societal functions. There could be a danger to the public, who is advised to keep up with developments on the Internet, radio or TV.

There are milder weather warnings in effect for the swath of Sweden running from Gävleborg in the east down to Stockholm and across to Värmland, due to the 10-15 cm of snow that's expected to come in on Saturday. Gales are expected to whip up the waters surrounding Sweden, and the levels of the southwestern waters could get high. Gales also are expected to hit Lake Vänern. Hard winds are predicted to hit the southern third of the country.

This morning, a massive low pressure area moved in over the southwestern part of Sweden, carrying wet snow and rain with it. 

The low pressure system is expected to have moved on by Sunday.

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