Rain and snow forecast for parts of central-southern Italy

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Rain and snow forecast for parts of central-southern Italy
Snow was forecast for high altitude areas of central Italy on Friday. Photo by Luca Bettini / AFP.

Four Italian regions were placed under a 'yellow' weather alert on Friday, with heavy rains and snowfall expected in parts of the Centre-South.


Italy's Civil Protection department issued the alerts for the central-eastern regions of Abruzzo and Molise and the southern regions of Calabria and Sicily on Thursday, warning of storms and a possible flood risk.

A yellow alert is a low-level risk warning, below a moderate 'orange' or high 'red' threat, but signals a possible danger to public safety and the risk that lives could be lost in unforeseen circumstances.

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The Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily regions also faced the possibility of gale-force winds from Friday morning, the department warned.

Snow was anticipated in high-altitude areas of the Apennines mountain range in Marche, Abruzzo and Molise, as the cold front was expected to lower the snow level.

Clear skies, by contrast, were forecast for northern alpine areas of the country, as well as in central regions away from the Adriatic coast, though temperatures were expected to drop across the country.

By the end of the weekend, however, the weather was set to change dramatically as a block of high pressure from northern Europe is expected to bring a 'thermal swing' to the Italian peninsula from Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures could rise as high as 10C above the seasonal average in the Alps, meteorologists said.





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