Storm warnings in place across Spain (including the islands)

Almost all of Spain was issued with weather warnings as storms were expected to bring yet more rain, snow, fierce winds and high seas to the peninsula.

Storm warnings in place across Spain (including the islands)
Photo: AEMET

The only region to escape without a weather alert issued by Spain’s national meteorological agency (AEMET) on Tuesday was the Basque Country.

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Parts of Andalusia (Almeria and Cadiz) were issued with amber warnings for winds of up to 100km/h while Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville were issued with the milder yellow alerts for wind, waves or snow.

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Parts of the Pyrenees were predicted to receive 20cms of snowfall by Tuesday evening with Huesca, Teruél, Barcelona, Girona and Lerida all issued with warnings.

Meanwhile coastal areas of Galicia and Asturias have storm warnings with waves expected to reach a height of between 5 and 7metres. Mountainous areas of both regions have also been issued with yellow alerts for snow.

On the south coast, Murcia will be battered by storms and has amber warnings in place.

Much of central Spain, from Castilla-La Mancha to Madrid and Castilla y Leon to Navarra, also has yellow warnings in place for snow, torrential rain or high winds.

While even the Balearic and Canary Islands have yellow alerts issued for high seas, strong winds and snow.

Not even Spain’s African enclave of Ceuta is escaping the inclement weather and is expected to get a battering from high winds and big waves.

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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.