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Power mostly restored to homes in east ahead of new snow front

Houses in eastern Finland deprived of electricity by snowstorms are lit again, but the Finnish Meteorological Institute says central and southeast areas are in for more snow and sleet.

Lumisia oksia taipuneena sähkölinjojen päälle.
Snow plus trees near power lines equals danger. Image: Toni Pitkänen / Yle

Repair workers have returned electrical power to most houses blacked out by heavy snowfall on Saturday, says power company PKS Sähkönsiirto.

Thousands of households across the country celebrated parts of their Christmas Eve in the dark, with hundreds of homes in the region of North Karelia hit the hardest.

That may not be the end of it, however, as the Finnish Meteorological Institute says that renewed snow and sleet from the southwest may cause more havoc for Boxing Day.

Electrical company PKS says that even a light snowfall could now compromise power supply in the east of the country, where trees are already weighed down by thick layers of snow.

Repair crews in the region are attempt to prevent further complications by cutting down dangerously loaded trees near power lines.

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