Orange alert issued for snow and ice in north-eastern France


[Article updated on January 7 at 16:05]

Météo France has placed the northeastern departments of Meuthe-et-Moselle and Moselle on orange weather alert for snow and ice today (January 7).

The state weather service said the precipitation would not last long but the snow would stick to the ground and could cause difficulty for people trying to move around.

Currently, there is only light snowfall in the region, but from 10 p.m. this evening the conditions will deteriorate in Lorraine, and especially Meurthe-et-Moselle. The snow will move towards the Moselle in the early morning.

About 0.5 to 1 cm of snow is expected to fall every hour overnight, with a forecast of 1 to 3 cm / h for some areas.

Weather conditions should return to normal by tomorrow morning, with only a few snow showers expected over the Vosges mountains.

Some 56 other French departments are also on yellow alert for snow, ice, wind and avalanches. You can find out more on Météo France website.

Do I have to do something?

Residents of areas affected by heavy snowfall should try to stay in their homes if possible and ensure that vehicles are equipped with proper winter equipment.

It is also recommended that they take food supplies and a blanket with them if they are going out by car.

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