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World Cup event in Finland's Lapland cancelled because of unusually warm weather

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HELSINKI - Next week's World Cup ski races in northern Finland have been cancelled because of a lack of snow and unusually warm weather.

The men's and women's slaloms scheduled in Levi for Nov. 12-13 were called off Thursday. Meteorologists said temperatures were way above normal for this time of year.

The International Ski Federation, or FIS, said it was looking to reschedule the events and would provide more information by Sunday.

"The situation was looking promising until last Friday, when the forecast changed," said Hans Pieren, an FIS race director. "Even with the highly efficient snowmaking installations, we simply had no chance when it's not cold enough."

The federation said there was no snow cover in Finland at the end of October, "although it ought to reach the middle and north of Lapland by this time of the year."

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