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Fender benders as snow, freezing rain cause road chaos

Tampere's traffic centre reported vehicles veering off roads and minor accidents on Wednesday morning as more snow is set to sweep across the country Thursday.

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Motorists in Espoo's Tuomarila district faced snow and slick roads on their morning commute. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Tuesday night saw a weather system dump heavy snow over much of Finland. While conditions had cleared in many areas Wednesday morning, motorists in the south and southeast still had to contend with local snow flurries and freezing drizzles, which created dangerous driving conditions.

Yle meteorologist Seija Paasonen said that Tuesday night had seen heavy snowfall in many parts of Helsinki. "In 12 hours the biggest deposits were in Helsinki's Kaisaniemi district. By 7.00 this morning there had been 13 centimetres," she added.

Paasonen noted that there had been about 10 cm of snowfall throughout the Uusimaa region in southern Finland, while places such as Southwest Finland, Kymenlaakso in the southeast and southern Karelia in the east had seen between four and six centimetres of precipitation overnight. However there was considerably less snowfall in the region north of the Salpausselkä ridge.

Meanwhile traffic officials in Tampere said that the heavy snowfall had snarled traffic during morning drive time. The local traffic centre reported a number of fender benders and cars running off roads, especially on Highway Three, the main artery into the area. Many lorries also reportedly got stuck in the heavy snow.

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Image: Yle Weather

Paasonen said that conditions in the days ahead will be variable, with temperatures sinking below zero, even in the south.

"The next low pressure zone will arrive in Finland on Thursday and on Friday we can expect a mild period, after which it will be much colder."

The Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI has issued warnings for poor driving conditions throughout the south of the country.

Edited at 13:50, 9 January 2019 to reflect there were road accidents on Highway Three.

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