Cyclone Ana sweeps across Spain

Spain experienced strong winds, torrential rain and dangerous seas as the Cyclone Ana swept across the Iberian peninsula on Sunday.

Cyclone Ana sweeps across Spain
Photo: Aemet

Winds reached speeds in excess of 140km/h with the strongest gusts felt in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Flights were rerouted from both Bilbao and Vigo in the north and as far south as Seville while cancellations were experienced at airports across Spain as bad weather gripped northern Europe.

Even Cadiz in the south of Spain was hit by abnormally strong winds and torrential rain with emergency services saying that they had received more than 100 calls reporting obstacles such as fallen trees blocking roads.

The storm reached its peak on Sunday night but the bad weather was expected to continue on Monday.

Yellow and amber alerts were issued for high winds across much of Spain on Monday morning and for stormy seas in coastal areas including around Ibiza and Formentera in the Balearic Islands, while ferry crossings were suspended between Ceuta and the port of Algeciras.

Ski stations were closed both in Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees due to the high winds which brought a blanket of snow to mountainous areas.





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.