Spate of accidents as snow blankets western and southern Sweden

Spate of accidents as snow blankets western and southern Sweden
Sweden's weather agency warned of heavy snow in Gothenburg on Thursday. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
A snowstorm had on Thursday morning already caused several accidents in western Sweden, with authorities warning residents not to head out on the road.

A school bus went off the road north of Åmål on Thursday morning. There were no children on board at the time, reported regional public radio broadcaster P4 Väst.

A car collided with a truck on the E45 road at Säffle, and a snowplough crashed into a car north of Gothenburg, wrote Göteborgs-Posten.

A number of minor accidents were also reported, but there were no reports of serious injuries at the time this article was published.

Sweden’s national weather agency SMHI on Wednesday issued class-two warnings (on a scale from one to three, where three is the most serious) for western regions Värmland and western Västra Götaland including Gothenburg, and they remained in place on Thursday morning.

Regional authorities in Västra Götaland warned residents that “a class-two warning may mean danger to the public, major material damage and major disruptions to important societal functions. Avoid venturing into traffic and be prepared for the risk of power outages”.

A pedestrian carrying an umbrella and wearing a face mask in Malmö on Thursday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Large parts of southern Sweden were told to expect between five and ten centimetres of snow on Thursday, and up to 15 centimetres in some places.

Class-one snow warnings were on Thursday morning in place for Västernorrland, Dalarna, Örebro, Västmanland, Uppsala, Stockholm, Södermanland, the rest of Västra Götaland, Halland, Skåne, Blekinge and Småland.

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