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Swedish public transport in disarray due to snow chaos


Sweden's weather forecaster SMHI has issued weather alerts and warned of disruptions, as snow continues to fall over large parts of the country.

Flights, trains, and other forms of transport have all been severely affected by the heavy snowfall causing cancelations.

In large parts of Stockholm County, SMHI on Monday issued an orange warning for snowfall while yellow warnings apply in parts of Uppsala County, easternmost Gotaland and Svealand, Vastra Gotaland County, Kalmar County, and Skane.

The cancelations will continue into Tuesday with Stockholm particularly hit hard by the snowstorm where many regional trains were canceled in advance on Monday morning.

Due to the snow, most bus tours in Stockholm County have been canceled, where another 30-40 centimeters (around 12-16 inches) of snow is expected to fall by the end of Monday evening, local media Expressen reported.

The snow removal operators have been working hard overnight to get snow under control, but several machines were reported to be damaged during the previous night's thunder, according to media outlet SVT.

“It seems to be getting worse and worse. There are problems above all in the northern and southern parts of the county right now,” said Andreas Stromberg, acting section manager and press manager at the Traffic Administration, Region Stockholm, it said.

“It is clearly noticeable that the winter is here,” said Katarina Wolffram, the spokesperson of the Swedish Transport Administration, according to the outlet.

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