Winter isn’t over in Northern Finland

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Sunny skies are expected across most of Finland Saturday, but snow is expected for northern and western Finland beginning Sunday. (iStock)
A high pressure zone is bringing sunny skies to most of Finland this weekend.

“This weekend we’ll see beautiful spring weather, but that doesn’t mean winter is over,” said Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen.

The sun will make an appearance across the country on Saturday, with temperatures crossing the 10-degree-Celsius mark in southern parts—at least for a moment. The weather is expected to cool nationwide as the weekend progresses.

Winter returns
Sludge and summer speed limits make for a dangerous combination, warns Yle meteorologist Matt Huutonen. (Risto Degerman/Yle)

A new snow front moving in up north is bringing more of the white stuff to Lapland. This means northern and western areas can expect April snow showers on Sunday.

By next week, central parts of Finland could see up to 30 centimetres of snow. Precipitation will mainly come down as rain in southern areas, according to Yle meteorologists Matti Huutonen and Kerttu Kotakorpi.

Huutonen pointed out that it is still too early to switch to summer tyres, although summer speed limits will be rolled out in most places next week.

Chilly spell dials back spring

While downpours will clear up after Wednesday, the weather will remain chilly.

“Spring doesn’t seem to be inching forward next week, even if the weather does clear up,” Huutonen said.

Night-time lows toward the end of next week are likely to fall in the sub-zero range—even in southern Finland.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: City in northwestern Canada grapples with impacts of record warm weather, CBC News

Finland: Finnish climate heating up: report, Yle News

Norway: Temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Warmest winter ever on the Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Groundwater levels unusually low in Sweden despite melting snow, Radio Sweden

United States: 2018 was the 4th-warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA reveal, CBC News

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