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Utsjoki sees first snow

The first flakes of the season fell in northern Lapland on Sunday.

Ensilunta Nuorgamissa.
The season's fist snow brought slick roads to Nuorgam in Finland's far north. Image: Väylävirasto

Two centimetres of snow covered northern Lapland on Sunday morning, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), which noted that the end of September was a typical time for the first snow to fall in northern Lapland.

Meteorologists must record at least one centimeter of snow for the event to classify as first snowfall, said the FMI.

“The northwestern ‘arm’ of Finland can also expect snow on Sunday,” said Pyry Poutanen from the FMI. “A cold air mass is hovering above northern Lapland, causing snow or sleet.”

Southern parts of the country will have to wait a few more weeks to see the white stuff, which usually arrives by November.

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