A Postal truck in a ditch due to snowy weather. Photo: Ann-Charlotte Carlsson/Sveriges Radio
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A Postal truck in a ditch due to snowy weather. Credit: Ann-Charlotte Carlsson/Sveriges Radio
Wintery garden.
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Credit: Keith Moore/Sveriges Radio

Early November snow catches motorists off-guard

Early snowfall in Sweden has led to delays for commuters and long queues for those motorists wishing to change to winter tyres.

There have been weather warnings across the country in the past week, with driving conditions becoming difficult for commuters and reports of cars crashing in the slippery conditions.

The Swedish Transport Agency requires vehicles to use winter tyres from 1 December until 31 March. However, snowy conditions led to a surge in those needing to change tyres this weekend, with long queues reported at some temporary tyre changing stations which are set up in communities across the country.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) issued a class 1 warning, the lowest on a scale of three, for large parts of the country, with a more severe weather warning for Gotland, which is expected to receive 10-20 cm of snow on Monday.

The temperature is forecast to continue to be below freezing throughout the rest of this week.

Meanwhile, a morning flight from Gothenburg to Bromma was forced to turn back shortly after take-off after the pilot felt some unusual vibrations from the plane. The plane landed back in Gothenburg safely and passengers were booked onto a later flight.


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