Northern France and Paris region braced for more snow on Friday

Northern France and Paris are on alert for more snow and ice on Friday, with further snow forecast to hit the region. There could be up to as much as 10cm in local areas.

Northern France and Paris region braced for more snow on Friday

More snow is on the way for northern France and the Paris region, where transport ground to a halt this week after 15cm fell overnight on Tuesday.

The forecast has prompted police in Paris to warn drivers not to take their cars on Friday.

That's the fourth day running that motorists in the Île-de-France region have been urged not to get behind the wheel by authorities, in order to avoid the kind of traffic chaos that led to a record number of traffic jams on Tuesday evening as the snow fell.

“Motorists who take their cars on Friday morning, despite the presence of ice and the forecast of more snow must realise there is a risk they won't be able to use their cars to return in the afternoon or evening,” said the police.

According to the police department a new front heading in from the west will bring snow showers during the morning.

The front will bring rain to Brittany and Western France but that will turn to snow over Normandy as it heads towards the Paris region.

“This episode should result in between 4cm and 7cm of snow and up to 10cm in places,” said the police.

The new snowfalls will not just impact Paris but much of north and eastern France as the map in the tweet below shows. 

Meteo France says the new episode of snow won't be as heavy as Tuesday night's but will begin on Thursday night and cover a large area of France, from Limousin to the Belgian border.

Later on Thursday Méteo France placed 27 departments on alert due to the snow forecast on Friday.




On Thursday Météo France, the country's weather service said the cold and the freezing of the snow and slush mean there was a real danger of vehicles skidding on black ice.

And train services in the region were still not running as normal due to the freezing temperatures overnight.

The situation had improved slightly on the rails, with SNCF saying two out of three trains would be operating on Thursday compared to only 50 percent on Wednesday. 

Weather forecast 7am-1pm Friday. Map: Meteo France
Temperatures in Paris on Friday are expected to reach lows of -3C and highs of 4C, meaning Parisians will be reaching for their woolly hats for a few days yet. 




South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday.