Organisers of this weekend's International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Combined World Cup in Lahti have confirmed the event will go ahead as planned despite warm temperatures and low amounts of natural snow at the venue.
The World Cup is serving as a final test event for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in the Finnish city, scheduled to take place from February 22 to March 5, together with a Scandinavian Cup in cross-country skiing.
"At the moment, the two ski jumping hills are prepared and ready for action," the FIS said in a statement.
"The cross-country tracks - two 3.75 kilometre courses for the Scandinavian Cup and the usual 2.5km loop for Nordic Combined - were prepared as well as possible, using up all snow from the snow storage and as of now, parts of the courses are still without snow.
"However, the weather forecast promises very cold temperatures."
Snow controller Tami Kiuru reported the snow cannons will be ready for action from tonight onwards.
The Organising Committee is also said to have three contingency plans in place to secure all scheduled competitions.
Men’s Gundersen large hill events are set to take place on both Saturday (January 7) and Sunday (January 8).
Germany’s Johannes Rydzek currently leads the overall World Cup standings on 470 points, while compatriots Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle are second and third on 454 and 342 respectively.
Cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined will all be part of this year’s FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.