WEATHER – Strong winds are expected in the Pyrenees-Orientales and the Aude and high avalanche risk always concern Savoy and the extreme southeast. The access road to the resort of Isola 2000 in the Alpes-Maritimes, was cut Monday morning in both directions because of an avalanche, blocking 3,000 people.
The bad weather already announced this weekend continue early this week. . The coming depression southwest of Europe should lead to strong weather until Monday night
Six departments were placed on orange alert by Météo Consult *: Corse-du South and Corsica for the risks of storms, the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales wind orange alert, Alpes-Maritimes and Savoy in orange avalanche alert.
Météo-France, meanwhile, ranked the departments of Savoie, of Alpes-Maritimes, Aude, Eastern Pyrenees and Andorra orange alert.
Monday morning , the depression is centered on Corsica, hit by thunderstorm. The storm blew across the Gulf of Lions with 137 km / h at Cape Bear (66).
During the day , the mistral was also to strengthen in lower Rhone Valley and western Provence, up to 120 or 130 km / h between Aix-en-Provence, Istres, Arles and Orange, accentuating the sensation of cold with a close feel of 0, specifies Weather Consult.
in eastern France, a risk of avalanche maximum also affects the Savoie and Alpes-Maritimes. The avalanche activity is expected “observed on average about once a year,” according to Météo-France. “The heavy snowfall, accompanied by a South East wind more or less strong” during the weekend of 40 to 60cm, “have increased avalanche risk level 4 during this -fort- day Sunday on the mountains of Haute-Maurienne and Mercantour. “
As a result of these storms, the access road to the Isola 2000 ski resort in the Alpes-Maritimes , was cut Monday morning in both directions because of an avalanche “indefinitely,” according to Traffic monitoring. Traffic is stopped on this line since 1:15, said the site of the road safety organization.
According to France Bleu Azur, 3,000 people are stranded in the ski resort after avalanche occurred on the night.
This week is the last of the winter holidays for Zone C of Education (academies of Paris, Versailles, Créteil, Toulouse and Montpellier).