More rain, wind to pound France, Spain and Portugal following Storm Gabriel

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 01, 2019, 6:45:44 AM EST

Storm Gabriel brought wind, rain and snow to parts western Europe from Tuesday into Wednesday, and another storm is on the way.

Milder air accompanying this storm will limit snowfall to areas from far northeastern France into Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany.

A period of snow from late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night will bring a coating to 2 cm (1 inch) of accumulation to Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Cologne, resulting in some travel disruptions.

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The snow will change to rain from west to east as milder air arrives Thursday night into Friday.

Milder air across the rest of France, Spain and Portugal will result in mainly rainfall for these areas, with the exception being the highest elevations of northern Spain and the Pyrenees, where snow is expected.

Rain will fall throughout much of France, Portugal and Spain on Thursday, with the heaviest amounts expected in northern Portugal, northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

Along with the rain, frequent wind gusts of 30-50 km/h (19-31 mph) are expected on Thursday before increasing to 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) at times across Spain and Portugal on Thursday night and Friday.

Rain will continue to fall throughout the region from Thursday night into Friday. There may even be a few rumbles of thunder across northern Spain and western and northern parts of France on Friday.

While flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern, 24-48 hours of moderate to heavy rain in northwestern Spain can result in localized flooding.

Flooding will also be a localized concern across southeastern France, where rain will combine with melting snow from areas around the French Alps.

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The higher elevations of the French Alps as well as northern Italy can expect 30-60 cm (12-24 inches) of snow through Friday night; however, anyone planning to ski or hike in the mountains should be aware of the continued high risk for avalanches.

Enough cold air will remain in place that snow will also fall outside of the mountain in northwestern Italy with lasting accumulations expected in Milan. Total snowfall of 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) is expected in the city and surrounding areas.

Lingering rainfall is expected across northern Spain and western France on Saturday, while additional snow falls in the Alps of southeastern France and northern Italy.

A period of more tranquil weather is possible across western Europe next week as high pressure settles over the region.

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