Storm Gabriel

Updated: 1/31/2019 4:12:42 AM
Weather warnings for snow and ice are in place in the north of France while the west of the country braces for high winds with Storm Gabriel set to bring a new cold snap to the country. Weather warnings have been put in place in a total of 43 departments, some for snow and ice, including the Paris area, others for violent winds or avalanches. France's national weather agency Meteo France has put the orange weather warning, the second highest alert, in place for snow and ice in the following departments in northern France: Aisne, Ardennes, Aube, Aveyron, Cantal, Cher, Corrèze, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Marne, Mayenne, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Sarthe, Paris and the area immediately outside the city known as the "Petite Couronne", Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Yonne, Essonne, Côte-d'Or, Haute-Marne, Meuse, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Val-d'Oise. People in Loire-Atlantique, Vendee, Deux-Sevres, Vienne, Charente-Maritime, Charente, Gironde and Landes have been warned that violent winds are expected to hit the area. Meanwhile in Pyrénées-Atlantique a weather warning is in place for avalanches. Anybody in the departments on orange alert are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather. On the coast, the wind is expected to pick up on Tuesday from 4 pm but the strongest gusts are predicted to hit between 6 pm and 9 pm. They could reach speeds of 130 km/h or more, on the islands near Vendée and Charente-Maritime in the west.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 1/30/2019 5:46:58 AM
Several successive lows will affect the Iberian peninsula in the next 3-4 days, bringing intense precipitation to parts of the region. In particular NW Spain and W Portugal are looking at high rainfall cumulative, with high-res models indicating up to 150-250 mm of rainfall until early on Saturday. Waves on coastal Portugal can reach up to 14 meters. Flooding, locally strong, is expected. Also expect snowfall, locally very intense – in the Pyrenees (up to ~50-100 cm), Picos de Europa (20-50 cm) and isolated higher elevations across central and southern Spain.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 1/30/2019 5:43:16 AM
Powerful and persistent downpours have caused significant destruction to roads in parts of Messinia in the Peloponnese over recent days, and particularity in the highlands of Mount Taygetos. Taverna in popular seaside town of Stoupa that was crushed by rocks in a landslide, as well as cracked and broken stretches of the winding mountain road between Kalamata and Sparta. The village of Alagonia has reportedly been completely cut off as the road in both directions has either collapsed in parts of been blocked by rockfalls, while Lada and Piges are also in trouble after experiencing similar problems. People traveling in the area are advised to avoid the Taygetos stretch and to consult with locals or the police before leaving with by car.
Source: DORRIS

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Weather warnings for snow and ice are in place in the north of France while the west of the country braces for high winds with Storm Gabriel set to bring a new cold snap to the country.

Just one week after the first real snow of the season in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France and other parts of the country, a new icy (and windy) blast is on its way to France in the shape of Storm Gabriel.

Weather warnings have been put in place in a total of 43 departments, some for snow and ice, including the Paris area, others for violent winds or avalanches.

France's national weather agency Meteo France has put the orange weather warning, the second highest alert, in place for snow and ice in the following departments in northern France: Aisne, Ardennes, Aube, Aveyron, Cantal, Cher, Corrèze, Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Marne, Mayenne, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Sarthe, Paris and the area immediately outside the city known as the "Petite Couronne", Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Yonne, Essonne, Côte-d'Or, Haute-Marne, Meuse, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Val-d'Oise.

People in Loire-Atlantique, Vendee, Deux-Sevres, Vienne, Charente-Maritime, Charente, Gironde and Landes have been warned that violent winds are expected to hit the area.

Meanwhile in Pyrénées-Atlantique a weather warning is in place for avalanches.

The warnings were put in place at 6 am on Tuesday and are respected to remain so until at least Wednesday at 6 am.

Anybody in the departments on orange alert are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather.

On the coast, the wind is expected to pick up on Tuesday from 4 pm but the strongest gusts are predicted to hit between 6 pm and 9 pm.

They could reach speeds of 130 km/h or more, on the islands near Vendée and Charente-Maritime in the west.

"This episode is likely to cause significant disruption of road networks and the operation of transport services," said France's transport ministry, adding that motorists should check the state of the roads before driving.

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

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Storm Gabriel Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange
Category: Met
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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