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Snow and Ice: Thirty Departments Placed in Orange Alert in Northern France

WEATHER: The risk of freezing rain must first strike the North and the Pas-de-Calais, Picardy and Normandy early on Saturday morning, before gradually win the Ile-de-France and Champagne …

A cold wave moves across France. Normal, it is winter. Thirty departments of the northern half of France are on orange weather alert this Saturday morning, due to the risks associated with snow and ice, according to Meteo France.

 


The first peak of bitter cold of winter, with possible freezing rain, now covers thirty departments, against twenty Friday night, according to the 6h forecast bulletin: Aisne (02), Ardennes (08) Aube (10) Eure (27) Côte d’Or (21) Eure-et-Loir (28), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loiret (45) Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52) Meurthe et-Moselle (54) Meuse (55), Moselle (57) North (59) Oise (60), Orne (61) Pas-de-Calais (62), Paris and the inner suburbs (75-92- 93-94), Sarthe (72), Seine-Maritime (76) Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78) Somme (80), Vosges (88), Yonne (89) Essonne (91) and Val-d’Oise (95).

Calvados is out of vigilance, which now extends to the east of the country where the Strasbourg Regional Meteorological Centre announced this Saturday at 6 pm, temperatures ranging “between -7 and -15 degrees in the plains.” In the Paris region, the night temperatures were “strongly negative” from -3 to -11 degrees. This “very cold air mass” is accompanied by a disturbance from the south of England which runs the risk of freezing rain.

This “dangerous episode” should first touch the North, Pas-de-Calais, Picardy and Normandy early on Saturday morning, before gradually win the Ile-de-France and Champagne. The departments of Sarthe in the Loiret and the northern Burgundy and Lorraine should be met in the afternoon. “This episode will persist into the evening or the night of Saturday to Sunday, before the thaw will finally be enough and eliminates the risk of ice,” says Meteo France.

Without heating in a high school

A Maubeuge in the north, hundreds of students blocked Friday entrances of their establishment in protest against the cold in the classroom, affected by a heating failure. Charitable associations are worried for their deficiencies in emergency accommodation and the situation of the homeless, some forced to sleep outside.

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