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Weather: 18 Departments on Orange Alert for Strong Winds, Floods or Snow-Ice

18 departments were placed this Saturday 20th January by Meteo France on orange alert for strong winds, floods or snow-ice.

While today Saturday 20th January, 2018 looks pretty gloomy, with rain almost everywhere in France, Meteo France placed 18 departments on orange alert, either for strong winds, floods or snow-ice .

Those that are placed from Friday orange alert for flood risk three departments of Eastern France : the Meuse , the Haute-Marne and the Vosges . This Saturday Meteo France has added the Corrèze , the Dordogne , the Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques .

The Corsica , the Alpes-Maritimes , the Var , the Hérault , the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales are for their orange alert for strong winds.

Those that are one snow-ice alert the Haute-Savoie , the Savoy , the Isere and Hautes-Alpes .

18 departments are now on Orange Alert
Strong winds, flooding and snow-ice: 14 departments were placed in amber alert by Météo France Saturday, January 20, 2018. (© Capture Météo France)

110 to 130 km/h wind speed forecast




Meteo France said that the rainfall affecting “a great western half of France”, “will quickly move eastward, reaching the Alps in the early afternoon.”

“In Savoie, Isère and the Hautes-Alpes, snow amounts will range from a few temporary cm in northern plain of the Isere in the front-Pays Savoyard early afternoon, 10 cm in valleys interior massive, 20/30 cm to 1500m, 30/50 cm high mountain by Saturday midnight. The snow will continue to fall on the Alps to 800 meters the next night and Sunday.”

The new windy episode of the Pyrenees-Orientales, Aude and Herault, will be particularly felt in the late afternoon.

“In Saturday night northwest wind blowing hard through Sunday. On the night gusts will reach 110 to 130 km/h. On the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, northwest wind strengthens evening storm and in the night. From inside the Alpes-Maritimes (alpine terrain, Cheiron, above Grasse and country) east Var (Fayence area Seillans Frejus, Dracénie, Esterel) in the second part of night, gusts may exceed 130 km/h.”

Then in the second part of night until morning, this strong wind should be extended “to most of the Var Var center to the coast with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h”.

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