Finland was hit by heavy snowfall

© Flickr / Teppo KotirintaСнегопад in Helsinki. Archival photoFinland was hit by heavy snowfall© Flickr / Teppo Kotirinta

Snowfall hit the South, Southeast and Central part of Finland, dozens of settlements were left without electricity, Central airport in the country Vantaa airport closed two of three runways, the roads there are traffic jams and numerous road accidents, authorities said Tuesday.

«Stopped the supply of electricity in Hirvensalo, Satava, Kakskerta and Ruissalo for a tree that fell on wires. Emergency teams were working to restore supply. In total snowfall affected power supply to more than 20 settlements», — stated in the account in Facebook energy company Turku Energia.

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According to the report the railway company VR, stopped the movement of trains from Helsinki to Turku, and also from-for falling of trees on power lines. Rail service replaced by a bus, says the company.

At the airport Vantaa runway closed two of the three, said the company that manages the airports, Finavia. However, the decision about the departure or the flight is delayed the airline takes, the highlight of Finavia. According to the online scoreboard airport, on arrival not delayed more than ten flights, the average latency does not exceed one hour for departure — no more than five flights, the average latency is also less than an hour.

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The National police reported the occurrence of minor accidents on the roads due to careless driving and improper speed, and warn about traffic jams on major highways.

According to the Finnish meteorological Institute, in the second half of the day the snowfall will increase, it may fall even to 20 inches of snow. It is expected that the snowfall, which began around midnight, will be completed late in the evening.


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