Storms set to blight holiday weekend

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Heavy rain, strong winds and snow storms will hit Italy over the next few days. Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP
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Strong winds and heavy rain will strike most parts of Italy ahead of the Epiphany holiday on January 6th.

Liguria, Tuscany and Lombardy will be hit the worst, while there is a high risk of avalanches across the Alps due to snow storms, La Repubblica reported on Thursday.

Though the storms are not expected to be as severe as those which battered parts of the country over the Christmas period, weather expert Flavio Galbiati has warned people to be vigilant in the areas already badly affected.

Rain will first hit Tuscany on Thursday, before spreading south, with conditions expected to be calmer by Monday. Snow storms are expected in the central foothills of the Alps in Piedmont and western Lombardy. 

Heavy snow in northern Italy left a French showboarder dead in late December after an avalanche hit the resort town of Les Arnauds, close to the French border. Families were also forced from their homes as snow storms. heavy rain and wind swept across the country, causing power cuts.

READ MORE HERE: Snow storms batter northern Italy

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Flash floods in Sardinia in November left 16 people dead, while one woman drowned and some 1,500 people were evacuated from the city of Pescara after severe flooding in early December.

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