On this first day of April, although it generally heralds the return of fine weather, twenty-two departments in the North and Normandy, the Massif Central, the Pyrenees and the Alps were placed on orange alert, for a “significant snow event [et] unusual ».
Météo-France had issued a similar alert on Thursday for eleven departments, initially. The alert, which runs until Saturday morning, concerns the departments of Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Somme, Calvados, Seine-Maritime, Eure and Orne, Creuse, Puy -de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, Loire, Ain, Isère, Allier, Cantal, Aveyron, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
The snowy episode is described by the weather forecasting organization as “unusual for early spring, noticeable enough to disrupt traffic and some economic activities”.
School transport suspended in Hauts-de-France
The snowfall has “reaches Haute-Normandie and the departments of Hauts-de-France”, where the improvement will be gradual from east to west from late morning. He “Snowing already all over the Massif Central”, also notes Météo-France in its morning bulletin. In the Alps, the snow replaces the rain Friday morning above 500 meters. A few centimeters in the plain are also expected in Ain and Isère, and up to 20 cm in Chartreuse and Vercors, according to Météo-France.
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In the Massif Central, the snowfall should weaken during the morning, then strengthen again on Friday evening and persist on Saturday. In the Pyrenees, “we expect 2 cm to 5 cm around 400-500 meters – and between 7 cm and 15 cm locally –, 20-25 cm around 800-1,000 m – 15-30 cm locally – and 50 cm around 1,500-1,800 m’notes Météo-France.
In Pas-de-Calais, the prefecture decided to suspend school transport on Friday between midnight and 2 p.m. The circulation of vehicles of more than 7.5 tons will also be prohibited on all the roads of the department, except the motorways. The Hauts-de-France region has, for its part, suspended school and intercity bus transport which it organizes in the territories of Pas-de-Calais and the Somme and part of the North.