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Snow forecast across France this weekend as temperatures plummet

A cold ‘peak’ is expected on Sunday, with temperatures of 0-6C forecast in the morning, and snow expected in some areas over the weekend

 A house and cars covered in snow in the Alpes-Maritimes, France

Snow is expected across much of France this weekend, as temperatures drop at least 2-3C below the seasonal average Pic: LUC BIANCO / Shutterstock

Winter is coming in France this weekend as snow is forecast nationwide, amid temperatures 2-3C under the seasonal average, and dropping as low as -6C in the coldest areas.

A cold ‘peak’ is expected on Sunday, November 28, and strong wind will make temperatures feel colder still.

Snow is expected to fall in some areas, with the first flakes forecast overnight from Friday to Saturday, and up to 2-5cm in the northeast. 

On Saturday, November 27, snow is forecast at low altitudes from the Pyrenees to the northeast, with a mix of rain and snow in lowlands.

Brittany will see showers, rain, and sleet all weekend, and may see a slight covering of snow; while snow is also expected across the whole country on Sunday, especially in Lille (Hauts-de-France), Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), Lyon (Rhône); and Strasbourg (Grand Est).

Heavier snowfall is also especially expected in Bourg-Saint-Maurice (Savoie); Aurillac (Cantal); and Gap (Hautes-Alpes).

Some areas will see the snow become more rain-like on Sunday, as temperatures rise slightly in the afternoon. 

However, it will still be cold in many areas, with a ‘peak of cold’ expected on Sunday morning, including -6C in Gap, -4C in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, 0 in Strasbourg, Metz (Grand Est), and Vichy (Allier).

The average temperature will remain low nationwide, between 0-6C in the morning, and no more than 4-11C during the day across most of the country, except for 12C in Nice, and 11C in Ajaccio.

Sleet may continue into Monday, November 29.

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