Snow in downtown Strasbourg (Illustration)
Snow in downtown Strasbourg (Illustration) – G. Varela 20 MINUTES

MB with AFP

It’s really winter. The first significant snowfall in the northeast of France and the French Alps on Saturday resulted in difficult traffic conditions in 19 counties placed in “orange alert” snow and ice.

The departments placed on “orange alert” are all in the eastern half of the country: Ain, Aisne, Ardennes, Côte-d’Or, Doubs, Isere, Jura, Haute-Marne, Haute-Saône, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nord, Bas-Rhin, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Belfort, Vosges

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slowdowns were observed in the early morning on several secondary axes of the northeast, including Lorraine and Alsace, as the Regional Centre Information and Coordination road (CRICRs) Metz. However in mid-day the situation had improved significantly, “as temperatures again become positive,” said an official of CRICRs.

On the A31 between Metz and Luxembourg, a truck s’ is jackknifed across the track, due to the slippery, causing a plug on the French-Luxembourg border, absorbed in the late morning. Traffic also difficult towards the alpine resorts in Saturday school holidays. Because of the “delicate weather between Dijon and Lyon,” Bison Futé recommends motorists to avoid the area and take the A39 then the A40 towards Geneva.

Strong gusts wind in the north

In the north of France, no snow but strong gusts of wind near 160 km / hour, which led to the closure of the port of Calais and the interruption of the movement of ferries to England. On the A16 motorway along the coast, traffic was also restricted to a single lane in each direction in Isques, south of Boulogne-sur-Mer, due to high winds.

In Ile-de -France, the Versailles castle gardens were closed to the public because of the gusts.

In the east, Strasbourg and Nancy including awoke under a thin white coat that covered the green areas and roofs, but in the course of the morning flakes turned into light rain and the snow had almost completely melted.

Overall, it fell in the plains few inches of snow, according to Weather France, which speaks of “the first significant snowfall of the season.” “A warm spell, temporary, is observed from the west and north,” but a “cooling” was expected in the afternoon, according to forecasters, which announce new first snowfall Belgian borders German and then further south.

Beware of refreezing Sunday

“It will be very attentive to refreeze (Sunday) morning with temperatures become very negative,” warns that France Weather remains vigilant orange until Sunday 9:00 p.m. “at the earliest”.

By Sunday morning, “the expected snow depth will generally be between 3 and 7 cm plain, a little closer borders with locally 10 or 15 cm, “according to forecasters. “These heights will be higher on relief, 10-20 cm in the Ardennes, 15 to 30 cm of the Vosges and Jura and up to 30 60 cm beyond 2000 meters in the Alps”, where stations ski happily greeted the arrival of the snow that has missed so before Christmas.