IN PICS: Spain’s big freeze means people are skiing to work in San Sebastián

At least 40 provinces across Spain are on severe weather warnings for snow and storms as Storm Emma brought icy temperatures to the Iberian Peninsula.

IN PICS: Spain's big freeze means people are skiing to work in San Sebastián
People walk along the beach covered with snow after a heavy snowfall in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on February 28th. Photo:AFP

At least three people have been killed tackling the snow, 280 roads closed as well as dozens of schools.

Flights have been delayed as cities including San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander and A Coruña have been covered in a blanket of snow.

Spain’s airline network AENA wanred travellers to expect delays and cancellations at Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona and Logroño. While in Asturias more than half the schools were closed.

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The Canary Islands are still being lashed by fierce winds and strong waves and have been issued with Orange weather warnings that are affecting flights to and from the archipelago.

Drivers in snowy areas have been warned to avoid all but essential journeys.

Skiers on the streets of San Sebastián? It happened.

And here's what the city's famous beach looks like when winter truly arrives:

Jeff Koons’ iconic Puppy in front of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum was covered in more than a dusting of snow.

Narnia like scenes were reported across Spain:



Zaragoza nevada ☺️⛄️❄️

A post shared by etiamzgz (@etiamzgz) on Feb 28, 2018 at 3:04am PST


Santander’s famous El Sardinero beach was blanketed in snow.

But that didn't deter surfers up the coast in Asrurias.

Although some were less than impressed with the slush:

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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.