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In Pictures: Snow causes transport disruption across northern France

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In Pictures: Snow causes transport disruption across northern France
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Snowfall arrived in France on Tuesday morning, as swathes of the north were on alert and transport services were disrupted. Here's a look at images of the disruption. Please tweet yours to @TheLocalFrance.

Swathes of northern France were on alert for snow and ice on Tuesday, with snowfall leading traffic authorities to close road, cancel bus services and salt streets.  

A total of 24 departments are on orange alert, the second highest weather warning, by France's national weather agency Meteo France. 

In the greater Paris region of Île-de-France police have activated level 2 of the snow and ice plan.

A total of 150 bus services were suspended in the French capital until further notice, with people are advised to postpone unnecessary travel.

The normally busy N118 was closed in both directions in the Yvelines department of the Ile-de-France on Tuesday morning.

Here's a photo of the road looking deserted. 

The speed limit has also been reduced to 80km / h across the region.

From 6 am, vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes and vehicles carrying dangerous goods are banned from the RN 118 road, where 900 people were stuck in their cars last year, and the road was salted overnight.

Meanwhile French railway operator SNCF is on "pre-alert" and the staff for French capital's transport operator RATP agents are "mobilized" and "ready to implement the necessary measures," according to a spokesman.

The head of the road operation department for the department of the Somme in the northern Hauts-de-France region is also prepared. 
 
"Our salt stocks are refueled, our winter service equipment is operational and any small malfunctions will be repaired during the day," Michel Boucher told Europe 1.
 
 
In the event of traffic difficulties, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has asked the public to limit travel and has encouraged drivers to use traffic info service Bison Futé.
 
In the Hauts-de-France, where the five departments are on orange alert, the regional council has already suspended school and intercity transport in the Aisne, Pas-de-Calais and part of the Nord departments all day on Tuesday.
 
Here's a look at some of the images of the disruption from around the country. 
 
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Unsurprisingly accidents were increasing on the roads. 

 

In the town of Saint-Michel-sur-Orge in the Essonne department in the southern suburbs of Paris level three of the snow and ice plan was activated, with safety checks being carried out. 

 

 

Roads in the areas placed on alert were being salted. 

 

 

Here's an example of the disruption caused by the closing of the N118 road. 

 

 

Here's a look at the snowy conditions in the Hauts-de-France region. 

 
Snow was on the roads early on Tuesday morning. 
 

 

City staff were up early on Tuesday. 

 

 

 

 
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