Snow, winds and slippery roads challenge motorists and pedestrians in Finland

Snow, winds and slippery roads challenge motorists and pedestrians in Finland

“A storm arrives from lunch, bringing snowfall that makes road weather difficult in southern Finland”, Heikki Sinisalo, Meteorologist on duty at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, stated To STT on Sunday.

The Rescue Department of Southwest Finland has encouraged locals to prepare for storm winds with gusts of up to 25 meters per second early Monday. “Weather conditions can cause power outages and cut down trees with their roots,” its spokeswoman stressed on Twitter.

Also in the southern and western parts of the country, pedestrians have been warned of slippery road conditions on Monday. The temperature is expected to fall the next day, which means that road conditions will remain tolerable except in the northernmost parts of Lapland.

“The next low-pressure system will arrive in the country in the wee hours of Wednesday. Snow is coming especially south in northern Finland, with smaller amounts, Sinisalo said.

Roadside warnings for motorists and pedestrians are in effect almost nationwide on Wednesday. Motorists have also been urged to prepare for heavy snowfall and strong winds on Thursday.

“Decent snow and strong winds are promising for Thursday. The forecast for that day is still uncertain, he said.

The weather is expected to turn colder as the weekend approaches, which could make road conditions less challenging.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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