Stormy weather predicted for Lucia

More stormy weather is on its way to Sweden. The strong winds, snow and rain which drew in over western Sweden on Friday causing floods and power cuts to thousands of homes, will return to the country on Tuesday, the day of Lucia celebrations.

  

10 to 15 centimeters of snow or rain is expected to fall on Tuesday as another low pressure front moves in over Sweden.

"It will be windy with snow falling along the western coast and western parts of Svealand," said Lisa Frost, meteorologist at SMHI, to news agency TT.

"In the south it will be plus degrees so there will be rain but up over Svealand and southern Norrland it will be snow," she said.

In the north it will become cold with temperatures of -20 celsius.

"Winter has come to large parts of southern and northern Norrland but along the coast it is still autumn. Northern Värmland and Dalarna are also experiencing winter but Svealand and Götaland still have autumn weather," Lisa Frost said.

When the nights are longest in Sweden, people turn to a figure who symbolizes the power of light, Saint Lucy, or, as she is called here, Sankta Lucia. Every year on December 13th this cherished saint from Italy comes back to life, as thousands of Swedish girls dress up in white, bearing a crown of candles.

Nursery's, Schools and other institutions across the country will see outdoor parades of candle-bearing Lucia's and their followers, dressed as santa claus or gingerbreads, bringing light to the mid-winter darkness.

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