Snow levels may be some of the worst for 40 years according to Meteo France but the anticyclone sitting over Europe is also having a bad affect on pollution. According to the authorities we are currently in the 10th day of a pollution alert concerning particle emissions. The worst hit areas are the Arva Valley, Geneva Basin and the Chambery - Annecy corridor.
The pollution is mainly caused by industry and vehicle emissions. Speed restrictions are currently in force on certain main roads. The situation is expected to improve this weekend with a weather system and southerly winds moving over the region.