Snow forecast for Paris as Lyon is placed on alert for winter weather

Winter doesn’t officially start in France until December but people in Paris and Lyon might want to get their warm coats out now as snowfall is forecast in both cities overnight on Monday.

Snow forecast for Paris as Lyon is placed on alert for winter weather
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Temperatures are set to fall close to zero degrees tonight in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France on Monday night which means there is a chance Parisians will wake up to a blanket of snow on Tuesday morning.

Although don't get your hopes up too high. The snow, if it does come, might not stick around too long with temperatures set to rise throughout the day on Tuesday, according to Météo France.

Drivers in the Paris region are warned to be aware of black ice on the roads.

There could also be the first snow of the season in parts of eastern France and Burgundy.

An orange weather alert was issued for the entire Rhône department on Monday with snow and ice set to hit the region on Monday evening.

Between 1cm and 3cm of snow is forecast for Lyon and the surrounding suburbs.

Residents are advised to take care and avoid any unnecessary travel.

The wintry forecast has also come with a special safety warning for drivers.

Météo France warns that conditions “could quickly become difficult on the whole road network… The risk of accidents is high.”

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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.