Surprise heavy May snowfall even at 800m altitude


Snow has fallen in the Ardèche, Cantal, Haute-Loire, Lozère and the Pyrenees, with Météo France calling it “heavy and settled, notable and late” in the season.

Since Saturday, the departments have been on “orange alert” for snow and ice, with the forecaster predicting that the conditions could make driving dangerous and difficult.

The late appearance of the snow – which Météo France called “heavy and settled” – is expected to have a significant impact on spring plants and vegetation, as well as road conditions, and any “fragile buildings”.

In some places, over 12 centimetres of snow has fallen, especially at high altitudes of over 1,400 metres and higher.

Even at 800 metres, over four centimetres have been recorded, with as much as seven centimetres at altitudes of 1,240 metres.

Source The Connexion, Midi Libre, France 3