Risk of more snow chaos – warns of traffic accidents

SMHI has issued an orange weather warning for wind in combination with snowfall for parts of northwestern Götaland and southeastern Svealand during Tuesday.

Low pressure has moved in from the south and brought rain that has slowly changed to snowfall. The orange warning applies to an area from parts of northwestern Götaland and eastwards towards southern Östergötland and the northern parts of Jönköping and Kalmar counties.

– It is heavy snowfall with larger amounts that can fall. In the area affected by orange warnings, there may be up to two to three decimetres of snow, says Linus Karlsson, meteorologist at SMHI.

New snow storm

The issued warnings apply throughout Tuesday, after which the low pressure is expected to move further east.

Already towards the end of the week, however, a new round of snow is likely to await in many places.

– Tomorrow, Wednesday, it will be mostly clear, except over Öland and Gotland. But on Thursday, a new low pressure will arrive, says Toni Fuentes at SMHI.

– It will be mostly snow or snow mixed across the country. On Thursday in the middle of the day, it looks like there will be snow from Skåne and upwards.

Risk of traffic chaos

The forecasts for Tuesday caused the Swedish Transport Administration to raise the preparedness levels for its traffic control centers in the west, east and south.

The snow is still on the ground to varying degrees – but the difficult weather has caused traffic problems in several places.

– Not least we have noticed it in the Gothenburg area and south of Lake Vänern. There have been quite a few minor accidents that stop traffic and make it difficult, Trafikverket’s press manager Bengt Olsson.

– Thank God, nothing more serious than what we received information about. But it will probably continue like this during the day.

You should be especially careful if you have already changed to summer tires.

– It risks being an unpleasant surprise. All temperatures below plus five cause the summer tires to lose grip more and more, says Bengt Olsson.