By Steve Dellar  |  05-14-2018   News
Photo credit: Twitter @Meteos_

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 1526292186

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

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