Latest: Snow and ice alerts continue for parts of northern France

Nineteen departments still remain under orange alert under forecast given at 16:00

19 departments remain under orange alerts for snow and black ice
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There are currently 19 departments in northern France under an orange alert for snow and black ice, and a further 16 under yellow warnings for the same conditions.

The departments under an orange alert are: Eure-et-Loir, Paris and surrounding area, Yonne, Marne, Aube, Meuse, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Territoire de Belfort.

The alerts will remain in place until midnight tonight at least.

Some departments, including Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan have been downgraded from orange to yellow since this morning.

National forecaster Météo France has stated that: “precipitation in the form of snow or icy rain is continuing between Normandy, the Parisian basin and the north east of the country. It is generally slight and is beginning to move away from Normandy.”

Around 1-3cm of snow has fallen in Normandy, Ile-de-France and Champagne, with around 10cm in some areas of Lorraine.

There remains a high risk of icy conditions across all of the departments under an orange alert.

People in affected areas are encouraged to avoid going out if possible and to take a blanket, food and drink with them if they do need to.

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