Heavy snow squalls will sweep across parts of Southern Finland on Thursday.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) forecasts that the squalls will bring up to 20–30 centimetres of snow in areas along the southern and western coast of Finland between Thursday and Friday. The heaviest squalls are expected in Uusimaa and Varsinais-Suomi.
The squalls are also expected to produce snow accumulations of 5–15 centimetres in other areas in Central and Southern Finland.
FMI urges motorists to prepare for difficult road conditions especially in Kymenlaakso, Satakunta, Uusimaa and Varsinais-Suomi, where blustery winds of up to 20 metres per second are expected to cause blowing snow and visibility restrictions.
“The winds will also create substantial snowdrifts,” adds Antti Kokko, the meteorologist on duty at FMI.
VR on Wednesday said it has decided to cancel some of the commuter rail services in Helsinki on Thursday. Both A and K trains, it said yesterday, will be operated at reduced frequency due to the difficult weather conditions but lengthened with additional carriages to guarantee sufficient capacity.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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