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Snow and Ice: Orange Alert for 18 Departments

2017 opens under the sign of vigilance for snow and ice of the Hauts-de-France in the Paris region, with an “orange” alert extended to 18 departments and prolonged until mid-day on Monday, the last day of the holiday returns.

The year 2017 opens under the sign of vigilance for snow and ice of the Hauts-de-France in the Paris region, with a wide orange alert in 18 departments and scheduled until mid-day Monday.

The 18 departments are: Aisne, Ardennes, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Marne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Essonne and Val-d’Oise.

“This episode comes as Monday’s day is classified orange in the direction of returns from the holidays” by the end of the school holidays, Bison Smart recalled, that “recommends organizing your return to avoid if possible precipitation” .

Freezing rain

Low freezing rain are expected first, shifting from east to west according to Météo France, which sees them tackle the Paris region in late Sunday afternoon.

The ice will give way to rain Nord / Pas-de-Calais Picardy. But Monday morning snowfall, albeit weak, are expected over southern Picardy, Île-de-France and Champagne.

Snow and Ice warning concerning 18 departments, placed on Orange Alert
Snow and Ice warning concerning 18 departments, placed on Orange Alert

“In a still very cold atmosphere, a layer of 1 to 2 cm of the Seine-et-Marne to the Belgian border is expected”, according to forecasters, and even “2 or 5 cm in places”, added Bison Smart. If the campaign whitewash, “in Paris, the snowfall will not give a significant layer” predicts Météo France.

The end of the rainfall is expected Monday midday in Paris. They will continue in the Grand-Est and ended late in the day in Franche-Comté and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

2 to 3 cm of snow in places

Thus it will snow in Haute-Marne, Lorraine and Alsace. Expected quantities will be small but quickly whiten the soil and reach the layer 2 or 3 cm in places, mainly in the Vosges.

The afternoon disturbance will move eastward with low snowfall in northern Burgundy.

Bison Smart recalls the words of caution to be observed at the wheel in such circumstances (flexible travel times and slower, larger safety distances between vehicles, etc.).  Ice, even in small amounts, makes roads very slippery, which requires particular vigilance, agrees Météo France.

In Oise, according to the prefecture, cold has also been behind the weekend of power cuts on the EDF network in the areas of Marseille-en-Beauvaisis, Consider and Grandvilliers.

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