Snow, wind and high seas: Weather warning issued across Spain

A cold front will hit the north of Spain on Friday bringing fierce winds, snow and high seas.

Snow, wind and high seas: Weather warning issued across Spain
Photo: AFP

Spain’s state meteorological agency, AEMET, issued a severe weather warning that will affect much of the country.

Gusts of over 100 km/h are predicted in the Pyrenees.

The northerly wind will bring snow to northern Spain on Friday 13th hitting areas over 300m above sea level before steadily moving south across the peninsula.

“It is very likely that there will be significant snowfalls in the Cantabrian Mountains and in the Pyrenees, with large accumulations,” said AEMET.

Waves of up to six meters are predicted in the Bay of Biscay and along Spain’s Atlantic northern coast before the cold front moves southeast to the Mediterreanean coast and Balearic islands.

The wet and windy weather is expected to last until Monday with another cold front predicted to hit Spain on Tuesday when temperatures will plummet further although AEMET said it will be “cold and dry”.




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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.