The first snowfall arrived in southern Finland and as usual, it didn’t come without problems.
The traffic on Wednesday morning from Helsinki to Uusimaa region moved slowly. On the highway number 7, which connects Helsinki to the Russian border of Vaalimaa, the cars crawled at a speed of 65 kilometers in an hour under the light snow showers – a clear sign of drivers cruising with summer tires.
Some people are willing to take risks because they simply don’t have the time to wait for a tire exchange. Tire shops across the country are reporting an average waiting time of three hours. In Espoo, the waiting time for a tire exchange has in some places extended to over four hours.
Since Wednesday morning, the snow has spread across the south. In the southwestern parts of the country at Hanko and Turku, for example, the snow formed a layer of about two centimeters and according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, in the southern cities of Vantaa and Porvoo, the layer was as thick as five centimeters. Naturally, the parks and streets in Helsinki are covered in snow, too.
According to Superintendent Jussi Huhtila from the Helsinki Police Department, cars collided on Wednesday in about 70 fender-benders in Uusimaa region. Luckily, nobody was injured seriously.
The railway traffic didn’t survive without problems either. The Ring Rail Line was closed for hours due to a malfunction in the electric wires on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning in Askola, a plow truck slid into a ditch and turned over on its side. The driver survived with a scare.
Yes. The winter has finally arrived in Finland.