Finland will wake up the morning of Christmas Eve to a winter wonderland, according to a forecast from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
The day before, on December 23, a low pressure system will sweep across the country, meaning that even the southern part of Finland will get some snow cover. The amount of snow, however, varies from more than thirty centimetres in the north and east of Finland, to a few centimetres in southwestern Finland.
“In other words, Santa can distribute gifts to children in a snow-covered winter wonderland, even if it is a thin layer,” says meteorologist Sini Tenhunen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
The holiday period will mostly be spent in cold weather, although in southwest Finland the temperature may rise just above freezing on Thursday. On Christmas Eve, however, the temps are expected to be -10 to -15 all over the country.
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