Amid snow blizzards in Sweden, motorists warned not to go out

Several trucks and cars, covered with snow, stand deserted after a pileup near Sjobo, in southern Sweden. (Johan Nilsson/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden’s Transport Administration has called in its fleet of tank-tracked all terrain vehicles as the snow blizzards and high winds that hit the eastern coast early Tuesday, spread to southern and western Sweden by lunchtime.

The Swedish Transport Administration has moved six of its army caterpillar tracked vehicles to Stockholm in readiness to help the elderly or infirm in more remote places.

“The vehicles are something that we have made available to Stockholm’s county adminstrative board.They can take medicinal supplies or food to the elderly or sick who live in more remote areas,” says Bengt Olsson, a press spokesperson at the Swedish Transport Administration.

Class 1 weather warning
A woman seeks shelter from the blizzard in her stranded car near Sjobo, in southern Sweden. (Johan Nilsson/AFP/Getty Images)

Police in Stockholm warned motorists not to go out on the roads as snow blizzards made visibility difficult.

Eastern parts of Sweden were first to be hit by the snow blizzards and Siberian winds off the Baltic Sea.

By lunchtime, western and southern Sweden had also been affected with the Swedish weather service SMHI issuing a class 1 weather warning for snow for Skåne and Österlen, Västra Götalands, Bohuslän and Gothenburg.

The class 1 warnings for Östergötland, Kalmar, Stockholm and Södermanland, issued earlier on Tuesday, were still in force by lunchtime.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland: Another cold week in Finland, Yle News

Iceland: High peak in low season, Iceland’s mass-tourism boiling over, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Siberian ‘Beast from the East’ keeps Swedish kids inside, Radio Sweden

Russia: Arctic Russia military town left without heating and hot water, The Independent Barents Observer

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