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Spring delayed in Spain with promise of fresh snow

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Spring delayed in Spain with promise of fresh snow
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10:57 CET+01:00
It may be the spring equinox tomorrow but don't pack away the winter coats just yet, as a new cold front sweeps across Spain bringing snow wind and plummeting temperatures.

A total of 41 provinces were issued with weather alerts by Spain's meteorological society AEMET with some regions expecting a blanket of snow.

Provinces in the north and at altitude are on amber alert for snow; Cantabria, León, Segovia, Soria, Navarra and Asturias.

While snow is also expected in Jaén, Huesca, Zaragoza, Teruel, Albacete, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Ávila, Burgos, Palencia, Salamanca, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Madrid, Castellón, Cáceres, Lugo, Ourense, La Rioja, Álava, Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia and Murcia, where the lesser yellow alerts have been issued.

Coastal areas are being warned to expect strong winds and high seas, particularly in Almería, Cantabria, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Ibiza y Formentera, Asturias and Murcia.

Those areas likely to escape snowfall can instead expect torrential rain.

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.

READ: Eight essential ways to tackle winter like a true Spaniard

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