Pedestrians on a sanded but icy road in Suvela, Espoo, on 16 January 2022. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

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MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS in Finland should be careful due to the snowfall, strong winds and slippery road conditions forecast for this week, states the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

On Monday, road conditions are expected to be particularly difficult in northern parts of Lapland and Åland.

“A storm is arriving from the south-west, bringing snowfall that will make road weather difficult in Southern Finland,” Heikki Sinisalo, a meteorologist on duty at FMI, stated to STT on Sunday.

The Southwest Finland Rescue Services has encouraged locals to prepare for storm-strength winds, with gust speeds of up to 25 metres per second, starting in the early hours of Monday. “The weather conditions can cause power outages and uproot trees,” its spokesperson highlighted on Twitter.

Pedestrians in southern and western parts of the country have also been warned of slippery road conditions on Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop the following day, meaning road conditions should remain tolerable except for the northernmost parts of Lapland.

“The next low-pressure system will arrive in the country in the small hours of Wednesday. There’ll be snow especially in northern parts of Finland, smaller amounts in more southern parts,” said Sinisalo.

Warnings concerning road conditions for motorists and pedestrians are in effect virtually across the country on Wednesday. Motorists have also been urged to prepare for heavy snowfall and strong winds on Thursday.

“Proper snowfall and strong winds are in stock for Thursday. The forecast for that day does still have some uncertainties,” he said.

The weather is expected to take a turn for the colder as the weekend approaches, possibly making road conditions less challenging.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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