Weather warning: Ten départements in France put on snow alert

Weather warning: Ten départements in France put on snow alert
Those driving in the areas concerned were asked to let the snowploughs pass. Photo: AFP/Météo France
Residents in north-eastern France must brace for a "remarkable snow episode," France's national weather agency has warned.

Météo France on Thursday placed 10 départements in the north and east of the country on orange weather alert due to heavy snow forecast.

“These snowfalls will generalise and intensify over the hours in the départements placed on orange alert,” Météo France said.

The départements on orange alert were: Ardennes, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Moselle, Nord, Aisne, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Territoire-de-Belfort.

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People living in these areas are advised to be take extra precautions when travelling.


“Be extremely careful on the roads and arm your vehicles with special equipment,” France's interior ministry tweeted.

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Météo France said the snowfalls would move towards the south of Vosges and last until Friday morning.
Over the weekend light snow is forecast across the north and east of the country, including in Paris.
On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning scores of motorists were stranded on the A40 in the département of Ain after heavy snowfall. The gendarmes had to help dig drivers out and get them to a safe place.


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