Weather. Snow is expected in force this Thursday in the eastern half of France

Who’s turn is it ? After heavy snowfall on Tuesday, which blocked more than 2,000 motorists on the A40 in Ain overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, a pause is expected this Wednesday, before a heavy return of snow at night and this Thursday. even in the plains of the eastern half of France.

The Arpège weather forecast model, used by Météo France, and the Cosmo model (MétéoSuisse), predict much the same thing.

Heavy snowfall is expected on Thursday until the plain in many departments: Pas-de-Calais, Nord, Aisne, Ardennes, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, Territoire de Belfort, Doubs, Jura , Ain and all the Alpine departments up to the Hautes-Alpes.

On Thursday morning a notable snowfall will fall over the northeast. 7 to 15 cm of snow is expected between the Ardennes and Alsace, locally more. In the Hauts de France, the accumulations will be smaller: 3 to 5 cm “, warns Météo France. It could also fall several tens of additional centimeters on the beds.

Interruptions are expected on many roads, as was the case Tuesday night on the A40 motorway due to a truck colliding with a guardrail and getting in both lanes, blocking traffic. and prevent snow plows from being involved.

This Wednesday, only Haute-Savoie remains on orange watch for snow and ice. After significant accumulations (30 to 40 cm in the valleys towards Chamonix, Maurienne and Tarentaise), “a new disturbance arrives at the end of the afternoon and will persist in the north of the Alps until the end of the day. as of Thursday, with again moderate, sometimes heavy rainfall, more particularly in Haute-Savoie. It can snow from an altitude of 500 m in the Arve valley, as well as in Maurienne and Tarentaise in Savoy ”, alerts Météo France.

“This new snow episode will be worth seeing in Haute Savoie, where we expect an additional 10 to 20 cm, locally 30 cm in the valley between this afternoon and tomorrow night. Traffic conditions will once again be difficult in this sector, ”the organization continues. Many departments in the Alps are on yellow alert against avalanches.