Where will it snow in France this week?

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Where will it snow in France this week?
The snowy landscape in the Vosges mountains, eastern France, on January 4, 2019. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

The cold snap has arrived in France with ice and snow forecast for the rest of the week - including the possibility of some rare snow flurries in Paris.


Snow has already been seen in the north and east of the country, especially on higher ground, but as temperatures plummet Météo France has issued ice and snow warnings for large parts of the country, including the south west.

But on Wednesday temperatures fell further and Météo France has predicted snow for most of eastern France, with warnings for ice in the south-west départements of Tarn, Aveyron, Lot, Creuse, Corrèze and Haute-Vienne.


On Wednesday morning temperatures of -5°C were recorded in Aurillac, -3°C in Dijon and -2°C in Lyon, La Rochelle, Nancy and Strasbourg.

Up in the Alps a temperature of -22,1°C was recorded in Aiguille du Midi in Haute-Savoie (2,842m altitude) and -17,5°C at the high-altitude ski resort of Tignes.

On Thursday large parts of eastern France are on alert for snow, but Météo France says that snow flurries may also touch Normandy and the greater Paris area on Thursday night and into Friday morning - although the chance of snow in Paris itself is just 30 percent.

The mountainous areas of Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Isère, Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence are on alert for avalanches. 

Temperatures across the whole country are predicted to remain low, with highs of around 8°C in the north and centre, rising to a maximum of 10°C in the south, with overnight frosts likely in all areas. 

Meanwhile the northern Pas-de-Calais area remains on alert for flooding after weeks of heavy rain has left the rivers brimming and the land saturated. 


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