The first snow fell in northern Sweden. In some towns, there were so many attacks that it was necessary to stop running city buses. A particularly thick layer of snow fell in the city of Kiruna – according to data from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, it has never been so white in September in this region.
The Norrbotten region in northern Sweden received its first snowfall of the year. On Wednesday, there were warnings from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) against snowstorms, but few people expected how thick a layer of snow would cover some cities.
Sweden. Record snowfall
According to local media on Wednesday, 38 centimeters of snow fell in the city of Kiruna in 24 hours. This is a record value for September in this region – the previous record was only 21 cm and was set in 1932.
The rainfall caused considerable difficulties. On Wednesday, the Kiruna commune authorities decided to suspend the operation of city buses. Snow plows were on the roads, and local authorities appealed to drivers to change to winter tires and be careful. School buses were also closed due to poor road conditions.
– In the morning, road traffic was chaotic, but during the day plows cleared the roads and the situation improved – said Ruben Werle from the Kiruna commune in an interview with tvnmeteo.pl. – Residents help each other by freeing cars buried in snow – he added.
According to SMHI, the record for snow depth for the entire country in September was set in 1954, when as much as 62 cm of snow was recorded in Sosjo.
TV4 News, SMHI, tvnmeteo.pl
Main photo source: Ruben Werle