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IN PICS: Spain transformed into winter wonderland

Spain's state meteorological agency AEMET issued weather warnings in 38 provinces on Thursday as a cold blast hit the peninsula bringing winds of up to 100 km/ph, freezing temperatures and snow.

IN PICS: Spain transformed into winter wonderland
Snow has fallen in Madrid's Sierra de Guadarrama. Photo: DGT

Authorities said that 41 highways were affected by snow including six main roads and urged motorists to check the state of the roads ahead of the journey. 

 
 
Motorists were warned to be prepared and carry snow chains.
 
 
Temperatures plummeted to below freezing in parts of central and northern Spain dropping to -4C in Cantabria. 

 

Roads in the Sierrade Guadarrama outside Madrid were covered in a dusting of snow, as seen here on DGT traffic cameras in ValsainNavacerraea, Cotos y Alto del León at 9 o clock in the morning.

The first snow has fallen on the slopes at Valdesqui, a ski resort in the Madrid region.

 

This graphic shows how the snow level expected over the next 48 hours.

 

Snow has already arrived in the walled city of  Avila.

 

READ MORE: Storm warnings for Spain as icy blast hits

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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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