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In Pictures: Southern France hit by May snowfall

File photo: Snow in Ardeche. Photo: AFP

Spring might have already brought unseasonably warm weather France's way but it seems like winter is still holding on in parts of the country, with snowfall hitting some southern areas on Sunday. Here's a look at the spring snow in pictures.

It's hard to believe we're still talking about snow in the middle of May.

Nevertheless, parts of the south east have been hit by a late blast of winter with snowfall hitting the south eastern departments of Lozere and Ardeche and the south central department of Haute-Loire over the weekend and into Monday.

The three departments remained on orange alert — the second highest warning — for snow and ice on Monday morning, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France.

The warning is expected to stay in place until Tuesday at 6 am and those in the affected areas have been warned to stay vigilant especially on the roads.

Map: Meteo France

Forecasters said it was still snowing in places above 1000-1200 metres — an altitude at which "the formation of ice sheets is possible".

Here's a look at the spring snowfall in pictures.

One Twitter user wrote (see below): "The Ardeche, this (pretty) department where you come to spend a weekend and you wake up to 30 cm of snow on Sunday morning."

L'Ardèche, ce (joli) département où t'arrives en short pour y passer le week-end et tu te réveilles avec 30cm de neige le dimanche matin. pic.twitter.com/eM4tvl6pHw

— Karim Boukercha (L'autre). (@Karim_Boukercha) May 13, 2018

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