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Snow warnings issued for drivers ahead of weekend freeze

Those planning on travelling by car this weekend be warned: More snow is on the way.

Snow warnings issued for drivers ahead of weekend freeze
File photo of snow in northern Spain: AFP

At least 11 major roads have been issued with severe weather warnings in a bid to prevent the chaos that occurred when heavy snow fell earlier in January,

On Friday morning alerts have been issued for trunk roads including the A-6 which heads towards Galicia from Madrid, the A-1 heading due north from Madrid and the AP-67 toll road through Cantabria.

The cold snap was expected to continue over the weekend.

During the first weekend of January the army had to be called in to rescue hundreds of motorists trapped in their cars on the AP-6 toll road overnight.

The big freeze and heavy snowfall coincided with a busy weekend on the roads when Spaniards made the journey home after the Christmas break.

READ MORE: Spanish army called in to rescue snow trapped motorists

Motorists are advised to check the status of roads on the website of Spain’s Traffic Department before embarking on their journey.

Authorities have issued guidelines for motorists to ensure they are properly equipped in case they encounter bad winter conditions on the roads.

The kits should include snow chains for the tyres, a shovel in case you need to dig the car out of a snowdrift, warm weather clothing and emergency rations.

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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.

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