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Snow in France and it’s almost May? Mais oui, in Normandy!

The weather in France has been very varied in recent weeks, but nobody could have expected snow on April 30th.

Snow in France and it's almost May? Mais oui, in Normandy!
Flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfallInstagram/@nono_basset_hound_et_steph

Many residents of the northern French region of Normandy woke up on Monday to find a considerable layer of snowfall on their rooftops and cars.

The mercury dropped to around zero in many parts of the historical region, with the departments of Eure and Seine-Maritime registering the lowest temperatures.

In the city of Rouen, the wind chill made it feel like a frosty -5C degrees in the early hours of the morning.

It may have only been a couple of centimetres of snow on average, but flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfall.

Many find it hard to believe that temperatures were as high as 30 degrees in Paris around 10 days ago.

Méteo France have announced that the snow is unlikely to continue during the week and that by the weekend Normandy could be bathing in a more balmy 20 degrees centigrade. 

“3 degrees and snow on April 30 and ten days ago it was 28 degrees, the joys of living in Normandy,” tweeted Anais. 

Unfortunately for other residents of northwest France, the sudden weather change has meant heavy rainfall and flooding, with warnings expected to remain in place until 6am Tuesday morning.
 

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Schools closed and transport suspended as snow hits northern France

Large parts of northern France, including Paris, woke up to a covering of snow on Wednesday, with schools closed and roads blocked.

Schools closed and transport suspended as snow hits northern France
Photo: AFP

Snow fell overnight across northern France, from the Belgian border to Brittany, via the greater Paris Île-de-France region, which saw between 1cm and 4cm of snow.

 

Authorities in the départements of Yvelines, Essonne and Val d'Oise suspended all classes and moved to distance learning, although schools will provide a minimum service for pupils who cannot stay home.

School transport has been suspended in the greater Paris départements of Yvelines, Essonne, Val d'Oise and Seine-et-Marne.

In Paris, police advised people to avoid taking the roads as much as possible and the N118 is closed to all traffic, while vehicles heavier than 7.5t are banned from major routes across the Île-de-France region.

Bus and train transport in the region is disrupted, but Metro and tram services were reported as running normally.

 

Roads are also closed in Brittany, which has seen falls of 10cm in some areas.

 

Around 200 lorries are blocked on the N12 between Brest and Rennes. Another 50 lorries are blocked on the N164 near Carhaix and drivers are advised to travel only if their journey is vital.

In total 36 départements are on orange alert for snow, ice and very cold temperatures, they are; Finistère, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Doubs, Territoire de Belfort, Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, Vosges, Haute-Soâne, Aube, Seine-et-Marne, Orne, Calvados, Manche, Essonne, Yvelines, Paris, Val-d'Oise, Eure, Haut-Marne, Ain, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Hauts-de-Seine, Somme, Pas-de-Calais, Nord and Aisne. The alert is in place until 6am on Thursday.

Temperatures are forecast to remain very cold across northern France until the weekend.

 

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