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Sweden. Winter attack. Cars got stuck in snowdrifts, houses were without electricity

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Heavy snowfall hit southern and central Sweden. The violent weather made the roads dangerously slippery. Many cars got stuck in snowdrifts.

A snowstorm hit southern and central Sweden on Tuesday. It brought with it strong winds and heavy snowfall. This weather made road conditions very difficult and slippery in the area between Gothenburg and Stockholm. In the Skaraborg region, drivers were stuck in kilometers-long traffic jams, many of them stuck in snowdrifts, the Swedish police reported on Tuesday evening.

“These are weather conditions that could cause traffic problems and power outages,” said Linus Karlsson, a meteorologist. He added that the northern parts of the country would not be affected by the storm. – The weather is calmer there, said Karlsson.

It snowed in SwedenPAP/EPA/Anders Wiklund

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According to Swedish media, the situation was particularly difficult on the E20 route and national road 26. There, many cars were stuck in traffic jams for several hours. Road crews had problems clearing heavy and wet snow. Tracked vehicles were dispatched to help in the city of Jonkoeping. Early Tuesday morning, almost 14,000 households in southern Sweden were without electricity, local media reported. The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) issued a level 2 warning for the area between Gothenburg and Stockholm on Tuesday. Snowfall of up to 30 centimeters and strong winds were forecast.

Winter weather in Sweden PAP/EPA/Anders Wiklund

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