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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:24 AM   #1
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Snowpocalypse Malmö

Last year the word “snowpocalypse” was used frequently on the forum. The word is a good description of how it is to live in Malmö right now;

It has been snowing heavily and the city doesn’t know what to do about it. It would be interesting to know how the snow chaos (the most common word in media around Christmas) affects other cities around the world.


In Malmö only the main roads are plowed and there is only one lane for all traffic in each direction.

People park their cars in the middle of the road because the parking lots are occupied by snow! And that causes chaos in the traffic too, since the buses can’t get by!

The breaks almost don’t work in the parking garages!

The trains in Sweden often don’t work when there is snow, many people had to celebrate Christmas alone because of that. Almost half of the trains in the new Malmö city tunnel were cancelled a few days ago.

There is only one narrow lane for both bikes and pedestrians. And it’s very hard to ride a bike right now, btw.

Icicles on top of the roofs – very dangerous when it melts.

It is really a pain to get through the streets, there are slippery ice and uneven snow on the pavements.

If you park your car it is almost impossible to get out, I just got a spade for the car.

As we rarely have snow in the region the city hasn’t been prepared for this heavy snowfall that we had the 2 last winters. But there is one good thing: It is a good photo opportunity! So I took a walk through town and this is what I got:

The snow that caused the chaos, taken from my window:






Beginning the walk:

Dalaplan:















Södervärn:









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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #2
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More to come...
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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #3
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Nice photos.

In Massachusetts, such a snowpocalypse is known as just another ordinary December.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #4
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I like snow when it's fresh and also love the atmosphere at a moonlit night.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 05:27 AM   #5
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Great photos, Nightsky. Malmö looks beautiful in the snow.

Here in Minnesota, snow like that is normal and expected this time of the year. We have snow piles five meters high. It makes me laugh to think that it causes such problems in Sweden!
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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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Urban Snowcase!
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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:38 PM   #7
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Stunning and very nice photos from the snowed Malmo
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #8
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Yes, I'm aware that this is still nothing compared to many parts of the world, like the snowpocalypse of the small Danish island Bornholm, just south of Sweden.

Thanks a lot for the comments!
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #9
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Gustav Adolfs Torg:













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Norra Vallgatan with Turning Torso:



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Old December 30th, 2010, 11:06 AM   #10
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Nice pictures, the surprise to me is that I expected much more snow in Sweden. Even in Spain in some cities we get much more than that...
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Old December 30th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #11
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Same here in our Belgian cities, allthough snow is melting quick now.
We aren't used to that much snow neither, and now most cities don't have a salt stock anymore. So I hope it don't snow again next month.
Nice pictures. Whan we visited Malmö some years ago, it was rainig all day long. I think snow is more beautiful...

PS: I hope they renovate the Hilton Hotel in the future....
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I want to see some of Turning Torsnow!
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Old December 30th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #13
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Nice winter photos!

We got two snowstorms within last few weeks here in Estonia,snow depth is around 50 cm and one of our cities,Tartu,has similar situation - on smaller streets one lane is closed as there is just too much snow and tbh,compared to that,Malmö doesn't look to be in bad situation on those photos.

Btw,how deep is snow coverage in rural areas around Malmö?
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Old January 5th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #14
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They still haven't done much to remove the snow, but now they will parking forbidden on some directions to be able to remove the snow. A 3000 SEK fine plus towing awaits the ones who haven't removed their cars. Much of it has melted.

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Nice winter photos!

We got two snowstorms within last few weeks here in Estonia,snow depth is around 50 cm and one of our cities,Tartu,has similar situation - on smaller streets one lane is closed as there is just too much snow and tbh,compared to that,Malmö doesn't look to be in bad situation on those photos.

Btw,how deep is snow coverage in rural areas around Malmö?
At most 30cm

I hope and think they will renovate Hilton soon. Usually it is raining and very windy wintertime here in Malmö, while there are more snow in the north, but the 2 last winters have been unusually cold.
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Old January 5th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #15
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Others, taken later:


Mobilia.


Augustenborg.




At my home.


Södervärn.


Ellstorp.







Beautiful, but dangerous icicles that sometimes kill people!
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We all have to get used to such things. I remember the summer months when Central Russia was covered by unmovable anticyclone for about 40 days with temperatures rising up to 38.5C (putting aside the burning forests). We got a new (very rare) surprise from nature - 'ice rain' - a week ago. The branches of ice-covered trees are being broken off in thousands. Look at this: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=659

So... You are lucky, because you can just wait until it melts.
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Great photos, Nightsky. Malmö looks beautiful in the snow.

Here in Minnesota, snow like that is normal and expected this time of the year. We have snow piles five meters high. It makes me laugh to think that it causes such problems in Sweden!
This is Malmö in southern Sweden. Just move a bit up north and everything works.
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Old January 7th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #18
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I agree to both.
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and I thought Sweden was used to freezing, snowy winters?
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