In pictures: Parts of France become winter wonderland… in October!

In pictures: Parts of France become winter wonderland... in October!
The first snow fell in Payolle in the High Pyrenees. Photo: AFP
An early winter chill has hit France, leaving parts of the country with a sparkling blanket of snow... and it's only October. Here's a look in pictures.
Winter surprised many in France on Monday by making an early arrival.
Heavy snowfall hit many areas including the departments of Haute-Loire, Lozere, Loire, Puy-de-Dome, Cantal, Aveyron, Correze and the Creuse.
And unsurprisingly, it didn't take people long to start posting photos of the early winter chill in their areas. 
Here's a look at some of the best shots. 
As you can see, the snow really hit in Puy-de-Dome.



And the Loiret in north-central France turned into a veritable winter wonderland. 



Cows seek shelter under trees during snowfall on a meadow in the commune of Pontgibaud, in the Auvergne region.

Photo: AFP

Meanwhile the Cote d'Or had its own snow shower. 


And here's a look at the Haute-Loire department in south-central France after the snow. 


Creuse had its own blanket of snow.


In Yonne, it looked like a scene from a fairy tale. 

And here's a look at the town of Busset in the Allier department. 



Meanwhile this was Lucinges in the Haute-Savoie. 



The Nord department also got a decent coating of snow. 

This is Saint-Etienne is east-central France. 



And it might look pretty in this photo taken in Normandy but you wouldn't want to be driving in it. 


Here's a particularly picturesque shot taken in the Auvergne.



Snow also blanketed Nievre in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté



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