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FMI warns of fresh snow, slippery roads across much of Finland on Tuesday

The national traffic agency reported that driving conditions on Tuesday morning were difficult or very difficult on 84 percent of Finland’s roads.

Overnight snows have made driving conditions hazardous in southern, southwestern and west-central parts of the country. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), 10–15 centimetres of accumulation is expected in some of these areas on Tuesday.

The national traffic agency Finntraffic classed driving conditions as “difficult” on 71 percent of roads and “very difficult” on 13 percent, as of early Tuesday morning. Fintraffic further reported that almost all rail services, local commuter and long-distance trains, were running on schedule.

FMI issued warnings of very hazardous driving conditions in Southwest Finland, Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Satakunta, and Pirkanmaa for Tuesday morning. A warning of hazardous condition was in force in the regions of Kymenlaakso, Päijät-Häme, Central Finland, and South Ostrobothnia.

Tuesday’s temperatures are forecast to range between -5C and -15C in most of the country, and just around the freezing point in southern coastal areas.

Temperatures are expected to drop sharply later in the week, possible to as low as -20C in southern Finland.

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