After blocking many motorists on the roads and motorways of the South (the red alert was finally raised in the Hérault), it is now in the northern half of France that fell a thin layer of snow . On the morning of March 1, 2018, 56 departments (out of the 96 in the metropolis) were in orange vigilance .
56 departments in orange vigilance because of the snow and ice storms
Fifty- six departments, South, West, Central and East of the country, were in orange alert on March 1 in the morning mainly for snow-ice. From the center-west to the south of the Hauts-de-France, the Grand Est and the Alps, the snow is announced and will be followed "an episode of freezing rain" provides Météo France. A phenomenon much more dangerous than the snow according to the forecaster François Jobard.
CAR DEBATE. In the Ile-de-France, where we expected between 1 to 3 cm of snow, the Prefect of Police activated the plan snow-ice and "strongly advises travel by car" until Thursday 14h. Truck traffic is prohibited on the N118 in Yvelines. Despite a light snowpack falling in the night, the transport was relatively undisturbed, with the exception of buses in the departments of Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine.
1000 shipwrecked people on the road emergency in the Hérault
In the Hérault, where the main difficulties were concentrated on February 28, 2018, the snow should be gradually replaced by rain at the end of the night, according to Météo France. The department came out of the red alert and ironed orange alert Thursday, March 1 at 6am. In Montpellier, trams traveled with difficulty and flights were interrupted, as in Biarritz. In Pau, many flights have been canceled. In Switzerland, in Geneva, Cointrin airport closed its tracks because of the snow. Due to the red alert, all establishments receiving the public will be closed on 1 March in the metropolis of Montpellier: crèches, day care centers, recreation centers, swimming pools, media libraries, houses for all, markets and markets, town halls .
ACCOMMODATION. Some 1,000 "shipwrecked from the road" were accommodated in 25 open centers to accommodate them in the Herault, including 500 in Gignac located 30 km northwest of Montpellier, told AFP the prefecture. Some 200 gendarmes were mobilized in the department to help them. Among those shipwrecked are Virginie and her two young children. Blocked for three hours on the A750, they lived a day of "absolute galley" before finding refuge in a gymnasium in Gignac. "We had no information, did not see any police force or gendarmerie and when I called the police, I was referred to the firefighters who told me that they were not competent on this question and it is limit if I did not made me warn for having taken the road "she told AFP.
A spectacular redoux expected  In the Bouches-du-Rhône, the A54 was closed at 18:00 in both directions between Salon-de-Provence and Saint-Martin-de-Crau. The east wind was blowing in the evening with violent gusts between 100 and 120 km / h on the coast of the Var and eastern Bouches du Rhône, according to Météo France. It should gradually decrease in the morning on March 1st. A thin film of snow covered the Pilat dune, the highest in Europe (110 meters), much to the surprise of tourists.
EXTREMES Météo France also predicts a spectacular warmth on Thursday, March 1, 2018 over a vast quarter southwest, with 17 ° C expected in Tarbes and Biarritz. Also according to the forecast service, the night of Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 was the coldest of the winter, with minimums lower than -10 ° in Lyon, -12 ° C in Metz. In the north of France, temperatures will also rise but will remain quite low, just 1 to 2 ° C Thursday afternoon in Lille, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, temperatures much lower than the normal season.