While snow and ice fell on part of the country, it is now the turn of Ile-de-France to be affected.
Snow and freezing rain will fall on the region this Tuesday evening, according to the Weather Channel *.
The prefecture of Ile-de-France asked all the inhabitants of the region on Tuesday evening to limit their movements on Wednesday and to favor teleworking, in anticipation of this episode.
National road 118, which connects Les Ulis (Essonne) to the south-west of Paris will be completely closed to traffic from 10 p.m. Tuesday, added the regional prefect in a press release.
Snowfall will fall all night in Lower Normandy and will approach Ile-de-France around 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to the weather organization.
Air traffic should be
on Wednesday departing from and arriving at the Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles De Gaulle, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation which invites passengers to postpone their trip if possible.
The Minister of the Interior also announced that disruptions in transport will be expected Wednesday at the end of the day, due to the semi-final of the Football World Cup between France and Morocco.
"A large part of the ring road doors will probably be closed from 6:30 p.m."
as will several metro and RER stations, said Gérald Darmanin.
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“amounts of snow will remain low in the region”
but the temperatures will be particularly freezing.
It won't thaw all day.
The snow could even resume more abundantly on Wednesday evening.
Snow and ice also disrupted road and rail traffic in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Lozère on Tuesday.
Early in the morning, three people died in separate accidents in Saône-et-Loire, where roads were made slippery by bad weather, according to the local Traffic Engineering and Management Center (CIGT).
A motorist died after hitting a heavy goods vehicle near Dommartin-lès-Cuiseaux (Saône-et-Loire) on the A39, firefighters said.
And two truck drivers died in the frontal collision of their trucks on a departmental road at the exit of Romenay (Saône-et-Loire).
“This sector was indeed slippery
,” said the firefighters.
Many traffic jams were also observed on the roads of the Rhône-Alpes region.
In Lozère, the A75 was cut in both directions early in the morning due to two heavy goods vehicle accidents.
One of them, overturned on the track on a viaduct west of Mende, was hit by a van around 3:30 a.m. last night.
Three injuries were to be deplored.
Traffic gradually resumed at midday in these areas, but with significant slowdowns.
In the metropolis of Lyon, all the buses remained at the depot for a good part of the morning to avoid accidents.
The school transport lines were also severely disrupted despite the
"winter viability device"
put in place by the metropolis which made it possible to salt the roads at night on the main axes.
Bus traffic resumed at midday but was still disrupted, according to the Transports en Commun Lyonnais (TCL) network.
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For the TER, the weather conditions
"impacted all the lines in the region (Tuesday) morning"
"many delays and cancellations"
, indicated the SNCF which planned
"a gradual resumption"
of traffic on the majority of the axes to late morning.
In eleven municipalities in the department and Gard, further south, 1,200 homes were without electricity due to heavy snowfall overnight in the Cévennes, we learned from Enedis.
"The Enedis teams are mobilized in the field to find faults and do everything possible to restore electricity as quickly as possible"
, indicates a press release from the public service company.
“The restoration of the lines is planned between 3:00 p.m. and the end of the day
,” Enedis told AFP.
The Weather Channel has placed 21 departments on “orange alert” for snow and ice.
Caution is therefore advised on the roads.
Bison Futé called on motorists to be particularly vigilant