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Local snow record broken as motorists slip and slide

Driving conditions were poor or very poor for most of Finland on Thursday.

There was heavy snow in Kymenlaakso on Thursday. Image: Tuula-Maija Tuunila / Yle
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Thursday's snowfall was unprecedented in Pyhtää, Kymenlaakso, where a measuring station recorded some 32 centimetres of snow cover.

Such deep snow cover has never before been recorded at this time of year in Kymenlaakso, according to Yle meteorologist Anne Borgström.

Borgström said snowfall had been pretty much uninterrupted in Pyhtää since the morning of Independence Day on 6 December, and was forecast to continue on Thursday evening as well.

Uusimaa and Päijät-Häme have also seen decent snowfall, while in helsinki snow cover stood at 23 centimetres.

Borgström said that the heaviest snowfall was over by Thursday afternoon, for the most part, but some flurries could be expected in the coming days. Temperatures were expected to be below freezing across the country.

The heavy snowfall brought difficult driving conditions to most of Finland. Drivers as far north as North Ostrobothnia were affected.

According to Fintraffic's road traffic centre, there had been around twenty car crashes by 2pm. Serious injuries had been avoided, however.

"There have been no serious accidents, just a few cars sliding off the roads," said Marko Kolattu of Fintraffic.

Speed limits were dropped to 80kmh on motorways, although most of the main routes had been cleared of snow by the afternoon.

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