Brrrrr! Polar blast heading for Spain

An icy blast is heading for Spain sending temperatures plummeting towards the end of this week, and snow in areas above 700metres.

Brrrrr! Polar blast heading for Spain
File photo of a cow in the Basque Country looking out over a frost. Photo: AFP

It’s time to pull out the winter coat, wrap up in hats and scarves, and discover the joys of Spanish hearty stews as winter truly gets under way.

A large low pressure weather system will sweep across the peninsular to bringing strong winds, nightly frosts and precipitation which could be snow for those in the hills.

Ruben del Campo, spokesman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) warned that full on winter will return from Thursday and that by Sunday, temperatures will be between 4C and 10C lower than is typical for mid-November.

“Thursday will see storms that mark the arrival of a cold front bringing wind and adverse weather,” he said. “Temperatures will continue to drop on Friday and into the weekend.

The north of the peninsular will see maritime storms as wind whips up the seas with heavy precipitation expected in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria and the northern parts of Castille-Leon and heavy snowfall of up to 30cm in mountainous parts.

He predicted that rain would be seen across the peninsula, with the exception of Almeria, Murcia and the Valencia regions.

He warned that Friday would see wintry temperatures. “A good part of the country will see highs that are 10C lower than typical for this time of year. There will be widespread frosts across the plateaus and mountain areas and strong winds.”


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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.