Travel chaos in France as snow blankets Paris

Posted: February 7, 2018 by oldbrew in News, weather

Closed due to snow [image credit: BBC]

This is the place where top politicians met to ‘save the world’ from climate change aka global warming. Who needs snowploughs in cities any more?

Snowfall has caused huge traffic jams and hampered train services in the Paris region as the French capital experiences its first real dose of wintry weather this season, reports France 24.

The Meteo France weather service put the greater Paris region on alert for snow and black ice on roads, among 28 departments it expected to be on alert across the country until late on Wednesday.

The weather caused major gridlock across the city, with more than 700 kilometres (430 miles) of traffic jams recorded by Tuesday evening, and similar congestion expected through Wednesday after the snowfall intensified overnight.

The absence of salt on slippery roads – let alone of snowploughs, a rarity in France – left many drivers fuming as they sat for hours in long queues.

The RATP transport authority said bus services had been interrupted in the capital, while school buses in two regions near Paris were also halted on Wednesday.

Meteorologists have warned that the snow could turn into treacherous ice sheets later in the day with temperatures expected to fall as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).

“This will be the first blast of winter, late but the real thing, with cold air from Scandinavia colliding with a perturbation coming up from the south,” said forecaster Sebastien Leas.

Rail operator SNCF has had to slow down trains on several of its high-speed TGV lines, with services disrupted across much of northern France.

Thousands of emergency accommodation spaces have been opened to shelter homeless people, the country’s territorial cohesion ministry said.

In the Paris region, traffic has been banned for vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes, with drivers told to bypass the area. Local residents have also been advised to limit road trips.

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USA Today: Coldest winter Olympics since 1994

UPDATE 8th Feb.: Skiing in the street in Montmartre – Daily Telegraph

  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Ah but they have been preparing for warmth 😉

  2. Kip Hansen says:

    Floods now snow banks….

  3. donald penman says:

    During the last really cold winters in Lincolnshire UK the council did not grit minor roads and they remained ice covered for a couple of months , I still had to drive down these roads because of my job in order to pick people up .The Farmers eventually fixed snow ploughs to their tractors and kept the minor roads clear of ice.

  4. Curious George says:

    Paris is experiencing the first fruits of the Paris Agreement.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Flashback to April 2017…

    French winemakers deploy candles, heaters and helicopters to save vines from frost

    Vineyards report temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7C (19°F), hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather, and growers fear a new cold snap could cause more damage.

    They have been using candles, heaters and even the down-draught from helicopters to try to save crops.

    “All areas of the Champagne are hit to very varying degrees,” said Thibaut Le Mailloux from the Champagne Committee (CIVC) industry group.

  6. ivan says:

    La Poste is giving warnings of late deliveries in a number of departments on their tracking site. The Gendarmerie has notices that snow chains are required on the road to Andorra and the col de Puymorens is closed and the ski slopes are well covered here in the south of France.

  7. Bitter@twisted says:

    The Viner effect at work.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Snow glut at this French ski resort…

    Cold weather & great snow in Meribel
    Published: 5th February 2018

    The snow is extraordinarily deep, as you can see from the photo of an almost buried piste sign. There is around 3m on the summits and 1m on the lowest slopes in Meribel – a fantastic amount of snow in what is becoming a legendary season.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Paris grinds to a halt as rare heavy snowfall closes Eiffel Tower
    8 FEBRUARY 2018 • 4:36AM

    Skiers took to the steep streets of Montmartre as the heaviest snowfall in 30 years brought commuter misery to Paris, stranding travellers, delaying trains and flights, and bringing the bus network to a standstill.
    . . .
    The Paris region recorded a record number of traffic jams stretching 460 miles in total as commuters tired to make it home on Tuesday evening.

  10. oldbrew says:

    25 photos of snow-covered Paris looking even more beautiful than normal [it says here]