Winter comes early to Scandinavia

Low sun over frozen Karesuvanto, northern Finland. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

A cold wind brought snow to all inland areas above the Arctic Circle in Finland, Norway and Sweden. With temperatures down to minus 17℃ last night and continued subzero forecast, winter season kicks off earlier than usual.

Northern regions of Scandinavia woke up to the coldest morning Wednesday after a night not normal for October. Last autumn, snow didn’t fall along the coast to the Barents Sea before mid-November.

About 20 centimeters of snow came to Lapland this weekend and temperatures continue to get colder as the week progresses.

The low mid-day sun over Karesuvanto in northern Finland brought little heat. Soon, polar night comes to areas north of the Arctic Circle.

Waters on the Torne River, the largest free-flowing river in Europe, is not yet frozen but locals have already secured their boats safely onshore.

Vittangi by the Torne River. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

The snowfall led authorities to call on drivers in northern Norway not to start out without their winter tires.

In the days ahead, coastal areas will get more strong winds with snowdrifts. Forecast for both northern Finland and Sweden says slippery roads with loads of snow are expected.

Related stories from around the North: 

Finland: Wintry weather hits Finland with 20cm snow accumulation in Northern Lapland, Yle News

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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