Snowdrifts back as winter continues wild swings

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1/12/2015 1:08 PM
Category: Environment

A storm that had Finnish weathermen buzzing as much as eight days ago once again failed to live up to the dire warnings, but coastal flooding left some parts of yards on Saaremaa Island under water, with heavy snow accumulations across wide areas of the mainland.

Saaremaa homeowners narrowly escaped property damage, uudised.err.ee reported, and mainly had to contend with standing water in yards. On the island, storm surge resulted in a peak water level of 116 cm above average at Roomassaare harbor.

Tallinn, which officially received 9 centimeters of snowfall, was on the edge of a band of heavier snowfall. The town of Kehra about 40 km east topped the list with 27 centimeters, tied with the hills in the extreme southeast.

Although the western mainland and the west edge of Saaremaa got only a dusting, 99 percent of Estonia is again white. The snow cover has already melted completely away twice, and, after a bit more accumulation tonight, may do this time again. After today's cold snap, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing and stay there on into next weekend.

 

K. Rikken

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