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Violent rain, snow and wind with Storm Gabriel

rfi English, Jan 29

Storm Gabriel is moving across western Europe and is to hit south-west France on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Gabriel will bring widespread rain and snow. Already half of the country is on extreme weather alert.

43 administrative departments are on high alert (orange warning, according to Meteo France), including Aveyron and Haute-Garonne.

Meteo France forecasts wind gusts of 100 to 130 km/h which will first hit the Aquitaine department in the south west.

The winter storm will then move from west to east laying 5 to 10 cm of snow. In some areas there will be 15 cm of snow.

Meteo France warned that the "snowy episode could make traffic conditions very difficult", advising drivers to be "very cautious and vigilant" on the roads.

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