“A very strong stormy low pressure system will arrive from the Baltic on Monday. It strengthens the northeast wind already during the day in the southern and central parts of the country. Combined with 10 degrees below zero, it makes the weather feel very cold. It easily corresponds to -20 degrees, he comment for the public broadcaster on Sunday.
Winds can hit hurricane-like speeds in the Gulf of Finland. Snow storms are forecast to affect many southern and central areas starting tonight, potentially causing delays for both motorists and rail travel.
The heaviest snowfall is expected between tonight and tomorrow morning.
“Problems can be expected in road traffic because road salt cannot be used due to the cold weather. The wind blows snow back onto the road, even if the snow plow has just cleared the road,” said Huutonen.
Northern Finland is dominated by a high pressure system. The forecast is modest wind, clear skies and temperatures between -15 and -25°C.
A low pressure system and snow storms will follow the southern parts northward on Tuesday and, according to YLE, will bring snowfall from the western regions to the area extending to Kainuu and North Ostrobothnia.
“The intensity of the snowfall will moderate on Tuesday, but the snow will still come with strong winds,” Huutonen said.
In the capital region, the temperature is predicted to rise to -5 degrees on Tuesday.
Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday pointed out that strong winds are expected to welcome wind power production in southern Finland. The demand for electricity increases sharply as households adjust their thermostats when the temperature drops.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page