GALLERY Amazing images of Spain’s beaches in snow

People on the Spain’s southeast coast have been swapping sandcastles for snowmen as temperatures plummet in a cold front sweeping in from Siberia bringing rare snowfall to the Costas.

GALLERY Amazing images of Spain's beaches in snow
Joaquín Lozano / @Meteorihuela / Twitter

In mountainous areas of the Pyrenees region temperatures were predicted to plunge to below -15C in a cold snap that was predicted to last until Friday, but the windchill factor meant it felt as cold as -30C.

In a rare event snow fell on the coastal regions of Valencia, Alicante and Murcia and on the beaches of the Balearic Islands.

IN PICS: Historic town of Ronda snowed in as cold front reaches Costa del Sol

Snowfall is even forecast for Thursday in the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta, which has not seen snow since 1993.

Weather warnings were issued for 43 provinces across Spain (all bar the Canary Islands) for snow, cold temperatures, wind , adverse sea conditions and even avalanches (in Huesca, Lleida and Navarre).

Here’s the weather forecast for the coming days:

And some images from across Spain’s snowy coasts.

Spain's Costa Blanca really did get coated in white with people posting snowy scenes from resorts including Denia, Javea, Torrevieja and Orihuela, down the coast to Murcia.





One British resident posted a proud photograph of a snowman in Orihuela Costa


It's snowing. #orihuelacosta #torrevieja #nieve #snowman

Una foto publicada por Mike Young (@elgringospain) el 18 de Ene de 2017 a la(s) 1:14 PST





Mallorca which attracts many visitors with the promise of winter sun, saw the worst of the cold front on Tuesday. With nine roads closed because of heavy snow.



IN PICS: Historic town of Ronda cut off as cold front reaches Costa del Sol


IN PICS: Historic town of Ronda cut off as cold front reaches Costa del Sol


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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.