In Pictures: Southern France hit by May snowfall

Spring might have already brought unseasonably warm weather France's way but it seems like winter is still holding on in parts of the country, with snowfall hitting some southern areas on Sunday. Here's a look at the spring snow in pictures.

In Pictures: Southern France hit by May snowfall
File photo: Snow in Ardeche. Photo: AFP
It's hard to believe we're still talking about snow in the middle of May.
Nevertheless, parts of the south east have been hit by a late blast of winter with snowfall hitting the south eastern departments of Lozere and Ardeche and the south central department of Haute-Loire over the weekend and into Monday. 
The three departments remained on orange alert — the second highest warning — for snow and ice on Monday morning, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France
The warning is expected to stay in place until Tuesday at 6 am and those in the affected areas have been warned to stay vigilant especially on the roads. 
Map: Meteo France
Forecasters said it was still snowing in places above 1000-1200 metres — an altitude at which “the formation of ice sheets is possible”.
Here's a look at the spring snowfall in pictures. 


One Twitter user wrote (see below): “The Ardeche, this (pretty) department where you come to spend a weekend and you wake up to 30 cm of snow on Sunday morning.”





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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.