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IN PICS: Snow and ice turns Spain into winter wonderland

A cold front bringing snow and ice across much of northern, central and even southern Spain has led to the closure of dozens of roads and weather warnings across 34 provinces.

IN PICS: Snow and ice turns Spain into winter wonderland
People brave the cold to walk in Madrid's Retiro park. Photo: AFP

Madrid's Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport closed two of its four runways on Monday afternoon because of snow and ice which forced the cancellation of 49 flights (by 5pm).

 

Spain’s meteorological agency issued snow alerts for 32 provinces with the heaviest snow expected to fall in Huesca, Zaragoza, Cantabria, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, all of Cataluña, Castellón and Asturias, which have all been issued with orange alerts.

 

The milder yellow warnings are in place for Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, Teruel, Guadalajara, Toledo, most of Castilla y Leon and Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja and the Basque Country.

At least 53 roads were closed because of snow and ice, including the troubled AP6 tollroad, where hundreds of motorists were stranded in a snowstorm last month.

Spain’s traffic authority said that at least 300 roads were experiencing problems in the adverse weather by first thing on Monday morning.

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Police in Catalonia had to go to the rescue of a group of school children who became stuck in a mountain hut during a school outing.

Temperatures reached below zero in some parts, including Madrid when a dusting of snow fell in the capital while in moutainous regions the mercury plummet to -10C.

 

The inclement weather is expected to continue until at least Wednesday

 

.Motorists are advised to check the status of roads on the website of Spain’s Traffic Department before embarking on their journey, and then in red alert areas to avoid making unnecessary journeys.

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.

Segovia looked beautiful in white:

And social media was filled with images of people enjoying themselves in the snow, skiing past Segovia's famous aqueduct.

Meanwhile even in Tenerife, the Teide volcano was covered in snow:

 

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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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