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Messy winter weather looms over Finland on Friday

On Thursday morning the winter's coldest temperature in Finland was recorded in the far northern village of Väylä, Inari at a bone-chilling -32.6 degrees Celsius.

Nainen työntää ostoskärryjä lumisohjoisella parkkipaikalla.
File photo. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The nearby Lapland towns of Utsjoki and Kittilä also saw temperatures around -30 degrees on Thursday morning, but the day will be a bit milder on Friday. On Friday temperatures around Lapland hover around -10 degrees as a precipitation system moves northward from the south.

That precipitation, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), will make the roads very slippery for motorists on Friday, particularly in southern and western areas.

Snow or sleet will create particularly hazardous driving conditions in the regions of Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, central Finland and Ostrobothnia, FMI says.

The precipitation system will expand over the entire country on Thursday night into Friday, with slippery roads across much of the country.

The visit by Old Man Winter will be short lived, however, with temperatures expected to rise to around the freezing point — or above it — over the weekend.

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