Rain, snow, ice… 16 departments are on alert
As Storm Gérard moves away to give way to Storm Fien, 16 departments of Météo France are still placed on Orange Alert at 4pm this Tuesday 17 January.
The riots continue. This Tuesday, January 17, Météo France, in its latest bulletin, has kept 16 departments on alert, particularly for the risk of flooding from rain, flooding or even snow icing.
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More specifically, the risk of flooding affects two departments in the south-west (Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques).
The risk of snow ice affects several regions of the country: the Alps (Ain, Savoie, Haute-Savoie), part of the Massif Central (Cantal) and the north-east (Yonne, Côte d’Or, Haute-Marne, Haute). – Saône, Doubs, Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Terr. de Belfort).
Finally, on the Var and Corse-du-Sud coasts, “episodes of heavy swell” require “particular vigilance”.
Fien storm is coming
In Cantal, Météo-France expects fresh snow of 20 to 30 cm in places at the end of the day. “They are accompanied by snowdrifts with wind gusts of 80 to 90 km/h,” the meteorologists state in their daily report.
The Fien storm, which follows the Gérard storm, will continue to cross Auvergne and western Rhône-Alpes during the day, with temporarily some snow on the plain, Météo-France warns. The disturbance “is then limited to the Alps and the Jura with a rain-snow boundary at a very low permanent altitude, especially in the inner valleys of the Alps, the front Savoyard countries, the Genevois”.
The snowfall will gradually continue in the afternoon in Franche-Comté, in the Vosges and in the Haut-Rhin. According to Météo-France, these could be significant locally: up to 3 cm per hour. Throughout the episode, snow cover in the region can exceed 5 cm and reach 10 cm very locally.