Snow, Ice Hit French Alps, Strand 15K on Roads

At least 1 driver dead in wintry mess
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2014 8:09 AM CST
Snow, Ice Hit French Alps, Strand 15K on Roads
In this 2011 file photo, the French Alps, near Chamonix. Snow and ice in the region have stranded some 15,000 vehicles.   (AP Photo/David Azia,File)

A white Christmas may have proven elusive Stateside, but a burst of snow and ice in the French Alps have stranded some 15,000 vehicles, reports the BBC, prompting Paris to issue its second-highest weather alert and urge drivers to "exercise the utmost caution." One driver died after his car slid off into a ravine, and travelers were scrambling to find shelter with the bad weather expected to extend into today. Complicating matters: The holidays and the tourists who flood the region. "The police should have got people to fit chains this morning after [20 inches] of snow fell last night," one Brit tells the BBC. (Read more Alps stories.)

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