Snowfall in Spain “exceptional and most likely historic”

Parts of Spain blanketed in heavy snow. Roads closed.  and air travel disrupted. Madrid’s Barajas airport closed. All trains to and from Madrid cancelled. Half of the country on red alert for more on Saturday.

Interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said the country was facing “the most intense storm in the last 50 years”.

Madrid, one of the worst affected areas, was set to see up to 20cm (eight inches) of snow in the next 24 hours.

As snow fell on Madrid on Friday evening, a number of vehicles became stranded on a motorway near the capital.

Firefighters were called in to assist drivers who had become stuck. In some areas the military were called in to help clear roads.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged people to stay at home and to follow the instructions of emergency services.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia took to Twitter to urge “extreme caution against the risks of accumulation of ice and snow”.

The country’s AEMET weather agency said the snowfall was “exceptional and most likely historic”.

See lots of photos:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55586751

Thanks to Lyn Jenkins for this link

 


5 thoughts on “Snowfall in Spain “exceptional and most likely historic””

  1. Azores/Gibraltar Low heads north and hits Continental cold air mass: at the boundary massive snowfall occurs.

    There is also lots of snow falling right now in the Balkans and SE Europe, but relatively little has been falling in the Northern Alps.

    2020/21 so far has seen more snow in the Southern European mountains than the more northerly side of the Alps.

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  2. The images coming from Spain are just jaw dropping. The amount of snow is phenomenal. It could beat the 50 year margin probably.

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  3. Reports now say that on Thursday (7 Jan), a record breaking temperature of -35.8C was registered at the Vega de Liordes weather station, situated at an altitude of 1,874 metres in the northwestern province of Leon.

    Another winter low temperatures record shattered.

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