When and how the snow arrives in Lapland.

Published: 10th May 2011
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Lapland has experienced the early onset of spring with the snow falling from the trees and the cross country ski tracks being reduced. The snow has now disappeared in the town and only on the rivers, streams and the ski slopes does it remain but not for long. Lapland Yllas offers some of the latest skiing into the season with skiing going on until early May but the skiing may end a little sooner this year. The sun is well in the sky but it doesn’t mean that winter has left completely, although day time temperatures are in plus figures, a late blast of winter is still possible.
The winter may blast in for a week or so but it won’t last for long and spring will win in the end, the animals are out of hibernation and the green shoots of spring are waiting to appear. The spring will eventually give way to the summer and the temperatures in the summer are very warm in Lapland.
Early September will see the days slightly shorter and the nights quite cold, the day temperatures will also begin to gradually drop, so much so at first that you will not notice but come the end of September the temperature are decidedly chilly. The beginning of October will see definite frosts at night and chilly days, sometimes October can see snow but it is normally the beginning of November before the snow arrives. Many of us just accept that Lapland is covered in knee deep snow but it takes quite some time for this to happen. The first snows very rarely stick and as quickly as the first showers of snow have arrived, it quickly melts and disappears.
The end of November will see the snow beginning to stick and Lapland will be white over, the snow will then accumulate and simply get deeper and deeper. The first cross country ski tracks are opened in October because snow is taken and laid down in order for the tracks to be ready but not all of the tracks are open. December sees the snow accumulating and snow levels will reach 60cm by January. This is evident at the roadsides where the snow plough has not been because all of the roads and pavements are cleared for safety.
The winter in Lapland will last for over 200 days and the months remain dark until the end of January when the sun will appear above the horizon for the first time. The days then begin to get longer and the temperatures warmer until the whole cycle starts again.

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