Winter weather alerts were in place across much of central and northern France on Saturday with snow and icy conditions forecast.
The Orange alert warning, which urges the public to take care when travelling, affects 32 départements in all and will be in place until at least Sunday morning.
Snow began to fall on Paris in late morning turning the French capital into the “city of light”.
gracieux flocons de neige à paris ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Ir3GazBzu7
— BesmaLahouri (@BesmaLahouri) January 16, 2021
— Ulysse Paris (@ulyssepariser) January 16, 2021
Météo France said the snowfall is expected to be “a classic snowy episode for the season, but requiring particular vigilance as it could make traffic conditions difficult.”
The Alsace area of eastern France saw heavy snowfall overnight on Thursday and more snow is expected in the east over the weekend.
On Saturday one Parisian even got out his skis to take on the slopes of Montmartre below the Sacre Coeur.
— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) January 16, 2021
Snow in Paris has been rare in recent years, although February 2018 saw the city coated in a picturesque white covering – prompting locals to head out to the nearest hill (Buttes-Chaumont was popular) with their skis to make the most of it.
— Météo Express (@MeteoExpress) January 16, 2021
— Antony Paone (@PaoneAntony) January 16, 2021