Nineteen departments of the northeast quarter of France and of the Northern Alps are placed by Météo France “orange alert” snow and ice, as of Friday night and at least until Sunday morning.
The rainy disturbance which concerned Friday afternoon west of the country, should, sinking to the east, to “snow or sleet in proportions, “warns Météo-France
So is placed on” orange alert “a fringe of the country, from the north until Isere. Ain, Aisne, Ardennes, Cote d ‘ Or, Doubs, Isere, Jura, Haute-Marne, Haute-Saône, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nord, Bas-Rhin, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Belfort, Vosges.
“At first, snowfall, which will be observed in western North / Picardy in Ile-de-France Friday evening and during the night, will not hold ground,” explains the newsletter . But progressing “toward the east, snowfall will intensify and take.”
On Saturday morning “the snow will mix of rain (…) but it will be temporary because a new snowfall will pivot on the country from the northern borders, “says the forecasting agency, announcing 3-7 cm of snow on the eastern North and the Aisne, 5-10 cm plain in the Northeast, but locally more. “These heights will be higher on relief, 10-20 cm in the Ardennes, 15 to 30 cm over the Vosges and Jura and even 30-60 cm beyond 2,000 meters altitude in the Alps” added- going on.
Among the possible consequences, difficult traffic conditions, increased risk of accidents, damage to electricity distribution networks and telephone, said the agency, which advises learn about traffic conditions, or to “provide a minimum equipment” if stress waiting in his vehicle.
Haute-Savoie including the prefecture has motorists and practitioners custody ‘mountain activities against a “significant snowfall” waited all weekend, “from 500 meters”, with wind gusts of 50 to 60 km / h in places.