SMHI Issues Orange Warning for Snowfall and Wind in Northern Norrbotten County
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has issued an orange warning for snowfall in combination with wind in parts of the interior, particularly in Gällivare and Kiruna municipalities in northern Norrbotten County. This warning is expected to cause problems for car and train traffic in the area.
According to the forecast, the snowfall is expected to begin on Tuesday morning and continue until Wednesday afternoon. Approximately 10-20 centimeters of fresh snow is expected to accumulate, accompanied by a fresh north-easterly wind.
SMHI warns that it is uncertain how much of the snow will initially melt away. However, despite this uncertainty, large amounts of snow are expected to settle in the warned areas.
This weather warning serves as a reminder for residents and travelers in the affected regions to exercise caution while driving and commuting. Heavy snowfall combined with strong winds can create hazardous road conditions, reducing visibility and making roads slippery.
Authorities recommend drivers to adjust their speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles while on the road. It is also advisable to equip vehicles with winter tires and carry necessary supplies such as a shovel, ice scraper, and warm clothing in case of any emergencies or unexpected delays.
Train passengers should stay updated on the status of their journeys, as severe weather conditions may cause delays or cancellations. It is important to check for any travel advisories or alerts from the respective train operators.
Additionally, residents in the warned areas are encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. This includes clearing driveways and walkways to prevent slips and falls, and ensuring proper insulation in homes to stay warm.
SMHI will continue to monitor the weather conditions and provide updates as necessary. It is important for residents and travelers to stay informed through reliable sources and follow the guidance of local authorities to minimize any potential risks associated with the orange warning.
In the face of this anticipated snowfall and wind, it is crucial for everyone to prioritize safety and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others in the community.