By: Steve Dellar | 05-14-2018 | News
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France - Extreme May Weather Sees Southern Provinces Covered In Snow (Video)

It was quite the day of extremes in Europe yesterday as Sunday 13 May brought sunny spells to Scandinavia (Finland was basking in 25° Celsius) and a very rare snowfall to the south of France. The snow in the southern provinces remains on the ground this morning and is hindering many travellers.

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Even though a few days ago temperatures rose to 25°C in the Cote d’Azur, it seems like winter is still holding on in some Southern parts of the country where snowfall hit and covered whole areas with a blanked of some 20 centimeters.

The south eastern departments of Lozere and Ardeche and the south central department of Haute-Loire were hit with unseasonable snow which surprised many and meant a cancellation of various planned events.

The three departments remain on a code orange alert for snow and ice for the first days of the week, France's national weather agency Meteo France announced.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heavy falls of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#snow</a> continues at the station of Bleymard in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lozère</a>, France this morning 13th May. Up to 35 cm of snow has been reported from this region. Report; <a href="">@MeteoLanguedoc</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SevereWeather</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#extremeweather</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) <a href="">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As social media witnessed, on Monday there was still some 40 centimeters of snow in certain areas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Ce lundi matin, belle couche de <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#neige</a> (autour de 40cm) entre <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HauteLoire</a> et <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ardèche</a> aux <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Estables</a> à 1320m d&#39;altitude via <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Meteos (@Meteos_) <a href="">May 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Many of those spending a weekend in the area were surprised by the scenery, with one commenter writing: "The Ardeche, this pretty department where you come to spend a weekend and you wake up to 30 cm of snow on Sunday morning."

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Residents in the three affected provinces, the Haute Loire, Lozère and the Ardeche have received a government warning to avoid travel if possible and be prepared to be trapped at home should the extreme weather continue.


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Dawn Ford No. 26017 2018-05-14 : 10:03

It's almost as if someone is controlling the weather. Haarp ?? I mean the patterns are too extreme.

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