Winter is showing its face in Finland, but only briefly.
Central and northern regions of Finland face a wintry weekend with slippery driving conditions, but forecasts suggest much of the south of the country may be spared.
A band of rain, sleet and snow is expected to arrive in the west on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Yle meteorologist Anne Borgström, before moving northeastwards.
That could lead to challenging road conditions in regions that have not yet adjusted to the snowier season, but it will be short-lived as unseasonably warm weather returns next week.
“In the big picture, mild weather will continue,” said Borgström. “But at the weekend eastern areas as far south as South Savo could see a dramatic change, with up to five centimetres of snow.”
In the east it will fall as snow for a time before turning to sleet. Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for most of the country, but Lapland could see sub-zero temperatures on Sunday.
From Monday temperatures are expected to be around 10 degrees in the south-west of the country, unusually warm for the time of year in Finland.
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