Friday brings messy winter weather in Northern Finland

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Grocery shopping today? (Henrietta Hassinen/Yle)
On Thursday morning the winter’s coldest temperature in Finland was recorded in the far northern village of Väylä, Inari at a bone-chilling -32.6 degrees Celsius.

The nearby Lapland towns of Utsjoki and Kittilä also saw temperatures around -30 degrees on Thursday morning, but the day will be a bit milder on Friday. On Friday temperatures around Lapland hover around -10 degrees as a precipitation system moves northward from the south.

That precipitation, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), will make the roads very slippery for motorists on Friday, particularly in southern and western areas.

Snow or sleet will create particularly hazardous driving conditions in the regions of Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, central Finland and Ostrobothnia, FMI says.

The visit by Old Man Winter will be short lived, however, with temperatures expected to rise to around the freezing point — or above it — over the weekend.

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Finland: Majority of winter tyres illegal, linked to traffic deaths says Finnish study, Yle News

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