Helsinki Airport warns passengers of snowstorm delays

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Passengers look at a display board showing cancelled flights at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland on April 15, 2010. (Niklas Meltio/Lehtikuva/Reuters)
Passengers looking to travel through Helsinki Airport have been warned to brace for delays on Tuesday as a major snowstorm hits Finland.

The Finnish airport operator Finavia has warned travellers to be prepared for delays on Tuesday afternoon as a major snowstorm hits Finland. Around 10-15 centimetres of snow is expected in southern Finland by Tuesday evening, before the precipitation turns to rain.

Strong crosswinds are expected at the airport from around 2pm, reducing runway capacity and necessitating delays to some flights, according to a Finavia press release.

“If that happens, there will be delays to air traffic, because it will occur at the busiest time for aviation transport,” said Annika Kåla of Finavia.

The snow caused some difficulties on the roads of southwest Finland on Tuesday morning, with three accidents recorded in quick succession.

Starting this evening snow is expected to turn to rain, turning snow cover into slush and worsening driving conditions further. That mix is likely to freeze again overnight in inland areas of the south, according to Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela, bringing slippery surfaces to more roads by Wednesday morning.

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