Christmas Day: snow, wind and traffic jams

Swedes woke up to heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds on Christmas Day, with traffic disruptions expected across the country.Traffic woes as blizzard hits Sweden (23 Dec 12)
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The SMHI weather service issued a Class 1 warning for the South and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) warned of dangerous road conditions around the country.In Kvikkjokk in the far north temperatures plunged to minus 38.5 degrees Celsius on the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – the coldest temperature measured in Sweden so far this winter.The freezing temperatures are causing trouble in the north. National rail operator SJ cancelled two trains on the Kiruna-Lule-Narvik route on Christmas Day because of the cold.However, the 280 train passengers who were were stranded in Lule on Christmas Eve and had to spend the night in a hotel could continue their journeys early on Christmas Day.”We’re going with double engines so we have backup,” said SJ spokesman Anders Edgren.SJ cancels trains when temperatures reach below minus 35 in order avoid the risk of the train being left stationary on the line.On Tuesday morning, buses were called in to replace trains from Arboga in central Sweden to Eskilstuna in the south east after an electric line was torn down. SMHI meteorologist Emil Bjrck said that it will get milder in the far north during the day but that temperatures will range from -20 to -35 degrees Celsius.”Right now we have snowfall from the Vner area up to Vrmland, from Dalarna to Stockholm,” said Bjrck on Tuesday morning. In the southern region of stergtland, the snow had turned into sleet and rain on Christmas Day with similar weather expected in the south-east by the afternoon.The harsh winds in the south will subside by the afternoon but more snow is expected overnight between Christmas Day and Boxing Day.TT/The Local/nr Follow The Local on Twitter

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