A snowstorm hit Helsinki on December 12, 2022. Photographs: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY / Click to view the gallery.

Click to view the video of Monday’s snowstorm. Filming and editing: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

The Helsinki Rescue Department has had “only about 10” missions related to Monday’s snowstorm while on duty, the rescue department noted on Twitter late on Monday evening. The tasks included helping with a couple of collisions and attending to tasks associated with the prevention of damage.

Earlier in the afternoon, the rescue department recommended that people avoid unnecessary movement outside.

Nevertheless, many trams got stuck in the snow in the city center, and some derailed. But helpers who were ready and warm while waiting inside stores observing the rails in problem locations quickly grabbed the shovel and broom and cleaned the rails, so the trams were moving again. There were generally many delays and cancellations in public transport.

Today, the gusts of wind have been around 20 meters per second in many places, and as much as 10 centimeters of new snow had piled up by the evening increasing the snow depth to 30 centimeters in the center. The temperature felt like -18 degrees Celsius across the Uusimaa region.

In Siuntio, a municipality bordering Espoo, the snow depth reached 46 centimeters on Monday evening.

The driving weather was bad all day long and will likely stay that way until Tuesday evening, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute.