6 Feb 2018 – Wintry conditions are still causing widespread problems on Spain’s roads and train services.
The cold front that hit Spain last Thursday is continuing to cause traffic problems throughout the country, with snow and frost affecting 350 roads and delaying the high-speed AVE train service.
The main airport in Madrid, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, was forced to cancel 70 flights on Monday because of the wintry conditions.
Below-average temperatures have been forecast until next Friday, according to the meteorological agency AEMET. AEMET representative Delia Gutiérrez said the temperatures will be “far below” the average “between 3ºC and 6ºC below across the country and up to 6ºC and 10ºC below average in mountainous areas.” The windchill factor will intensify the cold.
Temperatures are forecast to drop below -5ºC in many regions
AEMET has maintained alerts for snow, rain, cold, rough seas and the risk of landslides in 34 provinces. Huesca, Zaragoza, Cantabria, Catalonia, Castellón and Asturias have been issued an orange warning – the second highest in the warning system – for snowfall.
Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, Teruel, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Castilla y León, Madrid, Navarre, La Rioja and the Basque Country are under a yellow warning for snow.
Snow fell across the province on Sunday, but only a little in the capital.
On February 2, snow and ice brought chaos to one of Spain’s major freeways and closed four major roads.
Asturias, Cantabria and parts of the Basque Country were on red alert (extremely hazardous conditions) for snow, while 27 provinces were either on orange (Burgos, León, Palencia, Navarra, A Coruña, Lugo, Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa) or yellow (Murcia, Pontevedra, Ourense, Lleida, Girona, Barcelona, Segovia, Zamora, Guadalajara, Albacete, Tenerife, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Jaén, Granada and Almería).
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