Provence & Côte d’Azur: Freezing temperatures forecast for the week ahead
Cold snap set to continue
With the Siberian cold front “Cooper” sweeping through the region, freezing temperatures have caused havoc. Canceled flights, school and bus services inconvenienced many yesterday and despite clear skies today, the cold weather is set to continue, with further snow forecast for Saturday.
Air France, Iberia and KLM were amongst those forced to cancel several flights yesterday evening from Nice Côte d'Azur airport. Director Hervé de Place told local newspaper Nice Matin that the delayed and cancelled flights were a precuation: “the fact that companies aren’t equipped with this sort of weather in Nice is why we prefer not to take the risk of a night take off.” Flights resumed normal service this morning.
Snow flourishes left 19,000 homes without electricity in the Var. Meanwhile, in Valbonne, two crisis shelters were set up in a bid to help people unable to get home due to the bad weather. The centre provided food and shelter for those stranded.
Transport across the region has resumed today after buses were ordered to halt services for part of yesterday. However, drivers should remain vigilant as there is still a risk of ice on the roads.
Meanwhile, parents were asked to collect their children from school halfway through the day, forcing many to abandon work.
And there's more to come. Météo France has forecast strong northeasterly winds and freezing sub-zero temperatures towards the end of the week. Snow is expected to fall on the Var and Alpes Maritimes on Saturday.