Paris (AFP) – Thirty-two departments, from the North to the Vendée and the Dordogne, will be placed in orange snow-ice vigilance from Friday midnight, said Friday Météo-France
<. p> The relevant departments are the North, Pas-de-Calais, the Aisne, Oise, the Somme, Seine-Maritime, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Maine-et-Loire , Mayenne, Orne, Sarthe, Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Val-d’Oise, Seine -and-Marne and the Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, Cher, Dordogne, Indre and Haute-Vienne.
This episode is expected to last until Saturday 4:00 p.m. says Météo-France in its Compliance Newsletter.
The freezing rain brought by disruption that will address the country by the West, should last “2 or 3 hours,” but will be “sufficient to deposit a very troublesome ice layer for road traffic,” warns Météo-France.
Snow may sometimes interfere or precede the freezing rain. Snowfall will also occur to the east of these departments, but not in quantities requiring the level of vigilance “orange”.
Gradually, after this episode of freezing rain, the situation will improve by West with the rise in temperatures.
This winter episode is not “exceptional for the regions concerned,” but will be “significant enough to make the difficult traffic conditions,” said Meteo France in its bulletin.
The agency advises motorists to move only if they absolutely have to, and in this case, to “learn about traffic conditions” to “respect the restrictions of Traffic in place “and” provide a minimum equipment “in case they would be blocked for several hours in their vehicle.
To Paris and Ile-de-France, the prefect of police took a order limiting the speed to 80 km / h and prohibiting heavy vehicles and hazardous for transport to make overtaking on the axes of snow or ice plan.
The same restrictions apply 13 departments of the Great West.
Also, in Paris, on the RN 118, are prohibited from driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes transporting goods and transport vehicles of hazardous materials, According to another decree, valid also from midnight Saturday.
The orange alert is triggered by Météo-France when snow or sleet falls are expected “in significant proportions” and that ” traffic conditions can quickly become very difficult, “with increased risk of accident.
In addition, it is not impossible that the damage affect electricity networks and telephone, recalls the body.