40,000 Homes Suffer Power Cuts as First Significant Winter Snows hit France

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As France got its first significant dump of snow yesterday, the French meteorological service says that there’s more to fall today and beyond along an eastern axis from Alsace to just north of the prime skiing region of the Rhône-Alpes

“The cold spell of the last 48 hours will mean several falls of snow even on lower ground,” said a Météo spokesman, putting seven departments on “orange” snow alert, namely Ain, Doubs, Jura, Loire, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire, Territoire de Belfort. The snows are expected to last until Saturday at least.

The snow did cause a minor amount of traffic chaos, with a section of the A36 motorway being closed due to an ill-prepared articulated lorry skidding across the road and blocking it, but the main effect of the snowfall was a series of power cuts that left 40,000 homes without electricity across four regions up to 9am this morning.

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