Météo France puts 20 departments on orange alert

Weather France Orange vigilance: wind, ice, flooding… 17 departments are on alert this January 17

WEATHER – This Tuesday, January 17, will be full of events in some regions of the country. While Gerard was just retreating from the north after leaving a lot of damage, the south was preparing for the arrival of the Fien depression. A little further north, it is snowfall and ice that require special vigilance.

For this Tuesday, strong Southwest winds, from Spain, are expected at the start of the day. Fien depression will shift “very fast from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean basin”according to Meteo France.

It is now on orange alert for “violent wind”, “flood”, “raw” and “snow-ice”; Aube, Haute-Marne, Côte d’Or, Yonne, Landes, Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Cantal, Lozère, Ain, Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Isère, Var, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud , according to Météo France. The orange alert for flooding has been lifted in Pas-de-Calais.

Rain and snow mixed

After unusually mild weather for a January month, France is also experiencing the start of a real chill, with 1 to 5 degrees minimums overall on Monday. Morning frosts of 0 to -3 degrees will reach from the northern borders to Normandy, Limousin and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. Minimum temperatures will be milder from the South-West to Corsica with 4 to 7 degrees.

“On average, in France, this is a record for a mild winter for this season, 1°C more than the previous record”refers to Frédéric Long, one of the forecasters contacted by AFPM. “There, we pass under the northwest flow, with air coming from the Arctic, and we will have more severe cold from Wednesday”announced the forecaster.

Mixed rain and snow may occur from Normandy, Centre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Behind this rainy track, a rain pattern will arrive in the morning from Brittany to Aquitaine.

In the afternoon, showers will extend from Normandy to Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. These rains will be mixed with snowflakes that may at night whiten the ground from the hills of Normandy to the first heights of Grand-Est. In the west, the rains are still present, especially in New Aquitaine where they will stay longer. Good accumulations of snow are expected west of the Massif Central.

This bad weather will be accompanied by strong westerly winds of 90 to 100, even 110 km/h in the interior from Aquitaine to Occitanie, on the Provençal and Corsican coasts, and up to 110 to 130 km/h on the southern coasts. Aquitaine in the morning. These strong winds will cause the risk of marine submersion on the coasts of Var and Corse-du-Sud.

Transportation may be disrupted

Disruption for the next few days “It will mainly bring rain to the plains, but then it can bring snow, including in Île-de-France and Normandy”, according to Frédéric Long. However, it’s too early to tell if ground temperatures will be cold enough for the snowpack to hold.

In its 4:00 pm update, Météo-France indicated that the situation is winter “likely to interfere with human activities, especially transportation” until Tuesday.

On his side, “Bison Futé calls on motorists to follow the instructions for caution, to know about the weather and traffic conditions before leaving and to postpone their trip if the weather forecast is particularly bad on their route”.

Cantal prefecture also banned the circulation of school and passenger transport on Tuesday. In the coming days, snow is expected in quantity and at low altitudes in most massifs, especially in the south of the Massif Central and in the Alps from 600 to 800 m, from 1000 to 1200 m in the Pyrenees, and 500 m in the Vosges and the Jura. In the North-East, snow is also expected on the first plateau from 300 to 400 m.

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