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:

Thanks to Lyn Jenkins for this link


6 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.

  2. Thanks for posting it , Robert !!
    Europe is pretty cold at the moment with northerly and north-easterly winds.

    Happy New Year/ Blwyddyn Newydd Dda !!
    from Lyn Jenkins ;Mr]
    Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park,
    Wales, UK

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

  4. Siberian frosts visited Spain
    (Sunday, January 10)

    It will not surprise Russia with blizzards and frosts. But in Spain, unexpectedly, unexpectedly, winter has come, and even with Siberian frosts.
    Wave cyclones in transit cross the Iberian Peninsula, without forgetting to bring cold air to their circulation. As a result, an unusually cold climate has settled in Spain. It is snowing in many parts of the country and in Madrid it fell for the first time in the last 10 years. The country has announced alerts due to snowfalls, strong gusts of wind and a cold wave.

    On the eve of ‘orthodox’ Christmas, January 6, in the province of Lleida, in Tuc de la Lianca (height 2,659 m.), Near Lake Gento, a temperature record was broken. The new absolute minimum for this day is now -34.1°C, which is 2.1degrees less than the previous one, which has lasted since 1956.

    On January 7, a record low temperature was observed in Castile and Leone, where -35.6°C was recorded. This figure has become a new temperature record in the entire history of meteorological observations in Spain.
    Where did the snowstorm in Spain come from?
    In principle, you will not surprise Spaniards with snow. Winter is the rainy season. The Iberian Peninsula is formed by mountain ranges. Snow falls on the mountains every year. In the north of the country, there are trendy ski resorts. Snow falls much less frequently in the valleys. As a rule, snow lasts only a few days a season.

    In this case, the situation is rare. This amount of snow falls only once every 10-15 years. The anomaly was caused by an unusually deep polar valley. The cold air sucked in from high latitudes penetrated the subtropical – not only for the Iberian Peninsula, but also for North Africa. Morocco’s world-famous tangerine plantations wore white hats.

    The snow element will not be limited to the impact only on the Iberian Peninsula. The tropospheric depression, slowly filling, is moving eastward. In the coming days, snowfalls will occur in Corsica, Sardinia and Italy.

  5. 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.

Comments are closed.