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Paris Turns Into a Winter Wonderland During Rare Snowstorm

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People stroll on the Champs-Elysées as it snows in Paris on January 22, 2019.

Courtesy of AP Photo/Thibault Camus

People stroll on the Champs-Elysées as it snows in Paris on January 22, 2019.

These photos show that even the dead of winter looks better in Paris.

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Typically, Paris only gets snow 15 days a yearand it’s usually just a dusting. So when two inches fell in the French capital on Tuesday, locals and visitors were delighted to see the city transform into a winter wonderland and quickly shared photos on social media.

As a precaution, the Eiffel Tower has been closed and Meteo France, the national weather agency, issued an orange alert (the second-highest level of warning) for snow and ice in northern and central France. Truck traffic has been banned on one of the major roads in the Paris region to prevent a repeat of the February 2018 incident where 2,000 drivers were trapped for the night on the road after six inches of snowfall—the heaviest accumulation of snow in the city since 1987.

While drivers are being urged to stay off the roads as a safety precaution, it’s also turned Paris’s streets into a quiet and magical place—as seen in these photos shared on Instagram:

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Someplace Social (@someplacesocial) on Jan 22, 2019 at 8:42am PST

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by VuTheara Kham (@vutheara) on Jan 22, 2019 at 4:40am PST

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Tatiana Liccia (@tatiana_liccia) on Jan 22, 2019 at 2:37am PST

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Mairie du 3e - Paris (@mairie3paris) on Jan 22, 2019 at 3:15am PST

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Dubai • Paris (@ilona.paris) on Jan 22, 2019 at 5:07am PST

The weather agency says the snowfall should continue through Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

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