Blizzard sweeps Southern Finland

13:34, January 08, 2010      

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A blizzard swept on Thursday Southern Finland, causing at least 20 road accidents with cars sliding off the road but no serious injuries were reported by early evening.

Finnish Railways canceled a number of commuter trains Thursday morning over adverse weather in southern Finland. Cancellations and delays in Helsinki-area train service are expected to continue all day Thursday because of difficult weather conditions.

According to Finnair, snowstorms in parts of Europe have caused some delays at Helsinki Airport. European flights have been operating 30 minutes to several hours behind schedule. Delays have also caused baggage handling problems for Finnair and other airlines. On Thursday morning, Helsinki Airport had a backlog of several hundred pieces of luggage awaiting loading onto connecting flights.

The temperature in Finland reached a record low for this winter on Thursday. The Finnish Meteorological Institute said that the temperature at the Kevo research station in Utsjoki, in northern Finland, fell to -36.7 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning.

Source: Xinhua
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