January 26, 2022

Up to 40 cm of snow: what awaits you in eastern France, here are the forecasts

A highway in the snow with stranded motorists. (©Illustration/ Adobe Stock)

Prepare for the first snowflakes, the first frosts and winter temperatures. No “cold wave” yet, according to Météo France, but a first notable episode of winter at the end of November with the first snow in the plains.

Météo France has already placed the ten departments of the Grand Est region on snow and ice vigilance since 4 p.m. until Saturday same time. Thus, Moselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Meuse, the two Alsatian departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin and the former Champagne-Ardenne are getting ready to see snow coming.

First snowflakes on Friday evening

“This is the first significant winter episode in the Grand Est region,” confirms Lionel Pflumio, forecaster at Météo France based in Strasbourg. According to him, all the departments of the Grand Est are likely to experience snowfall during the weekend and early next week.

The first snowflakes should fall in the evening of this Friday in Alsace, Lorraine l’Aube and Haute-Marne.

Precipitation which will continue overnight from Friday to Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, rainy and snowy disturbances are expected in the department. In particular, the areas of Thionville and Pays Haut, Saint-Avold and Pays de Bitche will be affected by the snowy episodes of the night. Several centimeters of snow are expected, as well as a risk of frost. The Prefect of Moselle recalls that Luxembourg law requires all vehicles passing through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to be fitted with winter tires, as soon as the weather situation deteriorates.

The prefecture of Moselle, in a press release

From 20 to 40 cm from Saturday in the Vosges, 3 cm in the plain

Most of the snowfall is expected on Saturday, according to Météo France. Thereby, in the plains it is necessary to expect from 300 meters from 1 to 3 centimeters. Snow disturbances “will cross [la région] slowly enough, virtually all areas of the region should be affected, ”according to the forecaster. The episode will take place in “traine” and will then concern the east of the region, in particular Alsace and the Vosges.

In the Vosges mountains, the snowfall will be much more important. So in 48 hours, it takes expect 20 to 40 centimeters above 500 meters above sea level. In the middle of the week, Météo France was rather counting on 10 centimeters on the highest reliefs. Our neighbors in the Jura will also be affected with snowfall of up to 60 centimeters in two days.

The accumulations expected over the two days are of the order of 40 to 60 cm in the Pyrenees above 800 m, locally 80 cm in the west, 30 to 50 cm in the Massif Central above 800 m, 25 cm on the Morvan, 40 to 60cm on the Jura above 500 m, 20 to 40 cm on the Vosges above 500 m and 60 to 80 cm on the Alps above 800 m.

Meteo France

The snow continues Sunday, episode ends Tuesday

As for the snowfall, it will continue on Sunday, November 28 throughout the Grand Est. Only the Ardennes department could escape the snow.

This will then be confirmed on Monday until Tuesday, November 30. In the afternoon, for the end of the episode, it is especially Alsace and Lorraine that will be concerned.

The beginning of next week will be marked “by a rise in temperatures which will be above seasonal norms from Tuesday”, according to the forecaster of Météo France Nord-Est.

Winter tires compulsory in hundreds of municipalities

With this major snowfall, it should be remembered that winter tires are compulsory in several hundred municipalities in the region: in Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin or even in the Vosges.

This is the case in 65 communes of Moselle, 143 communes of Vosges, 140 in Haut-Rhin and 130 in Bas-Rhin. Theoretically, you risk a fine of 135 euros in case of control but the government announced a winter without sanction for the first year of entry into force of the new rule.

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