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The first snow falls in Helsinki on November 7, 2019. Pictures and video: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The first snow fell in Helsinki on Thursday morning. The streets were coated in a white layer while the car wheels spun in the snow. The gusts of icy wind blew about 10 meters per second and the people covered their heads under thick, furry hoods. The temperature was minus two degrees.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the snow depth in Helsinki and Espoo’s Tapiola district is now one centimeter.

Meteorologist Anniina Valtonen describes the phenomenon as a “snow cannon.” “Today, southern Finland serves a cocktail called ‘the snow cannon.’ It consists of cold air mass, warm seawater and easterly wind,” Valtonen says on Twitter.

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today