In the Gard, in the Hérault and even in the Aude, the inhabitants did not believe their eyes this Thursday morning: a white coat covered the landscape, in certain corners of the ex-Languedoc-Roussillon. Snow when spring has arrived? A “remarkable phenomenon”, says 20 minutes Roland Mazurie, the head of the Météo-France center in
This Thursday at 10 a.m., Meteo France had recorded 5 cm of snow in Lamalou-les-Bains and 15 cm in Salvetat-sur-Agout, in the Hérault. It also snowed at Fons sur Lussan, in the Gard. And the flakes were starting to fall, at that time, in Lagrasse, in the Aude.
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Snow continues to fall around Carcassonne, on the main roads. Here in Lagrasse, our gendarmes are mobilized to ensure your safety and the continuity of the population protection service. Be vigilant, careful if you have to go out. pic.twitter.com/nFg7KeG86i
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“It is not common”
“We had planned for the snow to fall above 300 to 400 meters above sea level, it rather fell to 200 to 300 meters,” continues Roland Mazurie. It is not frequent, not exceptional either. In 2010, there were until the first days of May, in the Aude and on the plains of the Hérault. It has become more rare in recent years due to global warming, but it was quite common in the 1950s and 1960s. There could be snow until the beginning of April at that time. “
This Thursday at 10 a.m. 17 departments in France were placed in yellow vigilance for snow and ice in France, including Hérault, Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales, and one department (Haute-Corse) was on the alert orange.