Continued snow disrupts traffic, transportation schedules in Finland… except in Arctic

Snow is wreaking havoc in southern Finland, but Lapland will continue to be sunny on Tuesday. (Yle)
Snow is wreaking havoc in southern Finland, but Lapland will continue to be sunny on Tuesday. (Yle)
The weather forecast is predicting up to 10 centimetres of additional snow on the south coast by Wednesday afternoon.

Officials are advising consumers that the wintry conditions could affect public transportation services.

Residents of southern Finland can look forward to persistent snowfall throughout Tuesday that will last into Wednesday. Temperatures will range from -5 to -10 degrees Celsius and blizzard-like conditions including dense snow are likely during the evening and overnight Tuesday.

The Finnish Transport Agency has warned drivers and commuters that conditions on the road will be hazardous. The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI said that driving conditions will be extremely poor in the Uusimaa region due to snow flurries and powdery snow.

However motorists in Southwest Finland, Päijät-Häme, Kymenlaakso and southern Karelia can also expect to grapple with slick roads and poor visibility caused by the white-out.

Cancellations to train services in Helsinki

By mid-day Tuesday, VR had pulled one-fifth of commuter trains operating in the Helsinki region. The Y and X trains will not operate at all. Meanwhile commuters traveling between Siuntio and Kirkkonummi will be bumped to bus services.

Otherwise, A and K trains will operate at 20 minute intervals. VR said that it was attempting to provide more carriages for A and C trains to maintain service levels. Commuters are being advised to check VR’s website for up-to-date travel advisories.

During the course of Wednesday, precipitation will become lighter in the south. Conditions in Lapland will continue to be sunny on Tuesday, but clouds will move in.

On Thursday, conditions in the south will improve, as snow moves into the north from the Arctic Ocean.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic sea ice hits new record winter low, Radio Canada International

Finland:  Warm Easter predicted across Finland… even for Lapland, Yle News

Greenland:  Changing Sea Ice: The Ripple Effect (VIDEO), Eye on the Arctic

Norway:  A letter from Svalbard’s dwindling sea ice, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Sweden: Storm Helga weather warning for Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Ice extent still well below normal in Arctic, Alaska Dispatch News

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