Bad Weather Hits Road, Rail, Air Travel in Finland

Commuter train services reduced, dozens of accidents reported and more snow forecast for today as winter blast hits much of Finland.

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Snow road conditions in Ostrobothnia on Wednesday 25th October / Credit: @Liikennevirasto Twitter

Snow, ice and sleet will cause tricky conditions for drivers across much of the country today, warns the Finnish Transport Agency and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

There has been overnight snow in Southwest Finland, Satakunta, Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, Pirkanmaa, Ostrobothnia and South Ostrobothnia. In addition, dangerous conditions are reported in Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, Central Finland and Central Ostrobothnia.

Today’s Forecast

In places like Seinäjoki and Lohja there was 13cm of snow by morning, with more widespread snow forecast in western and southern parts of Finland During the day, snow will move also slowly to the southeast, and worsen towards the evening. But at night, snow fall show stop completely.

Railway Delays

Snowfall has affected rail transport in the Helsinki metropolitan area. On the A and K commuter lines, services have been reduced and are running only every 20 minutes. However on long distance routes, services are expected to run as normal.

According to HSL, reductions in train services are a precautionary measure, but they also say snow could cause delays or cancellations to bus and tram traffic in the capital city region.

Overnight Accidents

Several accidents caused overnight road closures, that have now been resolved. Police say a traffic accident close part of Highway 11 at the Murhasaari Bridge when a truck with full trailer spun out of control. Rescue services were alerted about 04:00.

Earlier in the night around 02:30, rescue crews were alerted to an accident that closed Highway 12 at Sastamala when the trailer of a heavy-duty vehicle fell into a ditch and blocked the road. No-one was injured in the accident, and there was no cargo on the truck at the time.

Meanwhile dozens of other minor accidents were reported last night after snowfall began, and through the night. There have been at least 46 crashed in Southwest Finland and 24 reported in Satakunta region.

Turku Airport Plane Scare

Bad weather caused a hair-raising situation at Turku Airport on Wednesday evening, when an SAS flight skidded on the runway as it landed. Nobody was injured. The plane from Stockholm landed, then skidded on the slippery runway.

“The plane rolled with its own power to the gate. The aircraft was not damaged and nobody was injured. The aircraft is always checked in these situations before the next flights” says Finavia spokesperson Kirsi Luhta.