Updated: 1/4/2019 3:15:51 AM
The Finnish autonomous region Aaland islands, off the southwestern coast of the country, continued suffering on Thursday from power outage as the impact of the severe storm. Although electricity was restored in the provincial capital Mariehamn, all rural parts of the province remained without electricity as of mid-Thursday. Provincial police chief Maria Hoikkala said many seniors live alone in Aaland. The police had checked their situation and helped inhabitants to switch to warm facilities, she said.
In the eastern part of Finland's Lapland there was a record low temperature - minus 32.2 degrees C. Earlier records of this winter - minus 30.2 degrees C - were recorded on December 23 in central Lapland. The authorities appealed to the inhabitants, not to leave their homes as much as possible because of bad weather, strong winds and snowfall.
In Estonia due to a snowstorm 7,000 households have been deprived of electricity from Wednesday. In the Baltic Sea, during the storm, the waves reached 8 m in height. A strong wind was the cause of the bus on the way from Tallinn to Narva with 49 people, no injured reported. Many flights were canceled at Tallinn International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday. The strong storm that struck Sunday east coast of 40,000. households have no electricity. During the night from Wednesday to Thursday on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, telephone connections stopped working.
Updated: 1/2/2019 1:46:13 AM
High winds caused damage and hampered transit in Finland on Tuesday evening, with conditions predicted to worsen overnight and on Wednesday. It was reported that the wind speed reached 27 meters per second. The national weather service predicted waves reaching the height of seven meters in the northern Baltic, newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (HS) reported. Viking Line said some of its crossings between the Aaland islands and Sweden would be canceled. Passengers were told to prepare for being seasick. On land, a bus capsized in Ypaja, southwestern Finland. All 18 passengers got out, some with slight injuries. On the eastern north-south railroad track, a long haul train ran into trees that had fallen on the rail on Tuesday evening. Train service was suspended until Wednesday morning at least. Some 40,000 households were without electricity late Tuesday, HS reported.
Published Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Associated with the deep upper low, a powerful deep cyclone develops over the Gulf of Bothnia by Tuesday morning and moves into the southern Finland and Estonia while deepening below 980 mbar overnight to Wednesday.
A very strong pressure and temperature gradient between the strong upper ridge / high pressure system over N Atlantic and the deep trough / low over the E Scandinavia will result in a very significant wind field, transporting very cold airmass meridionally from the Arctic region towards the south.
Below is a 3-hour sequence of the frontal system moving across the Baltic region – it starts on January 1st morning with a cold front rapidly moving from the Baltic sea into the Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia with precipitation turning to snow along the front.
Very cold airmass pushes in its wake across the southern Finland with a deep cyclone (below 980 mbar) moving across the Gulf of Finland towards east. With the strengthening high pressure system towards the N Atlantic, a strong pressure gradient develops severe winds and blizzard conditions.
Additionally, a lot of fresh snow is expected, associated with the occluded front moving across south-central Finland from the mid afternoon hours until the early Wednesday hours. Whiteout conditions and high snow drifts are expected!
Finland blizzard Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green