Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Dotard: an educational insult

Read more

#TECH 24

Medtech: Repairing the human body

Read more

ENCORE!

Jennifer Lawrence on why she's unafraid to speak out

Read more

#THE 51%

Hola "Ellas Hoy" - The 51 Percent welcomes its sister show on FRANCE 24 Spanish

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

A stroll through the Corsican city of Calvi, jewel of the Mediterranean

Read more

REPORTERS

The torment of Christians living in Syria’s Khabur valley

Read more

FOCUS

'Generation Merkel' yearns for continuity and stability

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Amazon rainforest pays heavy price for Brazil's political crisis

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Presidential election re-run pushed back to October 26th

Read more

France

Snow storm delays transport in northern and western regions

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-02-10

A snow storm temporarily disrupted transport in Paris on Wednesday, with French weather service Meteo-France extending warnings of severe weather conditions to the country's northern and western departments.

A winter storm disrupted air and land transportation in Paris on Wednesday, as well as in northern and western France. The snowstorm also caused traffic delays and flight cancellations in neighbouring Belgium.

The region around Paris saw up to 3cm of snow fall earlier Wednesday, causing traffic problems on the city’s ring roads and delays of about an hour at the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport, according to civil aviation authorities.

By evening, some of the worst winter weather conditions had dissipated, according to the French national weather service Meteo-France. An orange-level alert for the region around Paris was lifted later Wednesday. However, the northern regions of Picardy, Normandy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais were still under an orange alert.

For the French capital though, the worst appeared to be over by Wednesday evening. "Most of the snow has already dissipated over metropolitan Paris,” said a meteorologist from Meteo-France. “We are only expecting a few hours of rain, soft and dispersed."

Expecting precipitation to grow in frequency and intensity, Meteo-France extended the severe weather warning to other departments, including Alpes de Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes, Côtes-d'Armor, Ile-et-Vilaine, Mayenne and Var.

New snowstorms were forecast for France’s Atlantic coast, from the Calvados region to the Belgian border, with 15cm of snow for Boulogne Dunkirk, with winds blowing at more than 80kph. 

Date created : 2010-02-10

COMMENT(S)