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Trains cancelled across Sweden due to snow chaos

State-owned train company SJ have cancelled services across Sweden on Monday due to weather warnings, with regional trains between Stockholm and Uppsala among those not running.

Trains cancelled across Sweden due to snow chaos
Crowds at Stockholm Central after train cancellations due to snow. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

All train operators in the area around Stockholm and Uppsala attended a meeting with Sweden’s Transport Administration following the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute issued a weather warning for snowfall in the area.

At this meeting, the Transport Administration asked train operators to cut down on train travel in the area, leading SJ to cancel all regional departures between Stockholm and Uppsala.

“We’ve decided to do this to cut down the amount of trains on this line,” SJ press officer Leila Fogelholm told TT newswire.

A ticket cooperation system is also now in place, where travellers with SJ tickets can use them on Mälartåg or SL trains between Uppsala and Stockholm.

“If you’ve bought a ticket you can rebook or cancel, or travel with another train. Our snabbtåg express lines and other lines in the country will be running as normal, but of course we’ll have to see how the weather affects travel.”

Trains affected today are those with departure times from 5:00am on Monday and throughout the rest of the day.

SJ could not comment on whether more trains will be cancelled during the week.

“As it looks, according to the forecast, the weather will ease and these trains will be running again on Tuesday,” Fogelholm said.

According to public broadcaster Sveriges Radio, SL will also cancel some trains on Monday, the extra services which usually run during rush hour. Other trains, such as long-distance trains and the service between Stockholm and Arlanda Airport, will also be affected during Monday, so be sure to check your planned route if you will be travelling today.

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WEATHER

Next week’s forecast: Snow and sub-zero temperatures expected in almost all of Sweden

Next week will likely be both white and cold in almost all of Sweden.

Next week's forecast: Snow and sub-zero temperatures expected in almost all of Sweden

“We can expect sub-zero temperatures across most of the country,” Therese Fougman at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) stated.

After a period of milder weather, a white winter seems to be on its way. According to the SMHI, residents in most parts of the country can expect both snowfall and freezing temperatures during the next week.

Snowfall

Generally speaking, snowfall is expected during the middle of the week.

“It will probably be a few centimetres (of snow). It probably won’t snow everywhere, but large parts of Norrland look set to get some of it, as well as Svealand and Götaland. It may actually snow all the way down towards Skåne and southern Halland,” Fougman said.

“The forecast I have now extends until the Monday before Lucia. According to it, it looks like the snow will be here to stay. But what will actually happen remains to be seen,” she added.

Sub-zero temperatures

In a number of places in Sweden, such as Dalarna, temperatures are expected to be just around ten degrees below zero.

“It looks like there could be a bit of a weather change now, with temperatures below normal next week,” Fougman warned.

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