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FMI: First snow brightens up dreary time of year

Although the cold conditions are expected to continue, meteorologists are not yet predicting a White Christmas for Finland.

As the snow's water content increases, its reflectivity decreases, with wet snow reflecting back only about half of the sunlight compared to dry snow. Image: All Over Press

As most of Finland has now welcomed its first snow of the winter, the amount of light during this often dreary time of year has also increased drastically, according to Juha Tuomala of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

Fresh and dry snow almost doubles the amount of light, reflecting between 80 and 90 percent of sunlight, according to the FMI website.

"Snow cover in central parts of the country is now between 2 and 7 centimetres. Statistically, the first snow has typically arrived in early November, so this was a bit late," Tuomala said, as many regions did not see snow until 19 November.

Although the cold conditions are expected to persist until the end of December, meteorologists are still cautious about predicting a White Christmas for Finland just yet.

Forecasts suggest that the snowfall from recent weeks is likely to remain on the ground for the foreseeable future, and will most likely receive a top-up.

According to the latest 10-day forecast, frosty temperatures are expected to intensify towards the end of next week, with more snowfall expected during the first half of next week.

"Weekly forecasts suggest that temperatures could remain cooler than usual until the end of the month meaning that Christmas week could be colder than usual. There is a chance for a White Christmas, let's put it that way," Juha Tuomala of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) said.

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