Weather warnings issued across Spain as Storm Elsa rolls in

Some forty provinces across 13 regions of Spain have been issued with weather warnings on Wednesday and Thursday as Spain braces itself for another battering.

Weather warnings issued across Spain as Storm Elsa rolls in

Storm Daniel swept across Spain during the first half of the week and will head north into France with Storm Elsa arriving in Spain in its wake.

Much of Spain will be battered by strong winds and torrential rain with snow expected in parts above 600 metres.

“The snow level will be low, in the northeast of Peninsular, falling above 600 meters. There are orange warnings in Galicia and Asturias where some 20 centimeters of snow is expected,” warned Rubén del Campo, a spokesman for state weather service Aemet.

Some 20 roads were affected by heavy snow, warned the traffic authority DGT. 

The storms come as parts of Spain are already waterlogged with swollen rivers threatening to burst their banks.

Warnings were issued for both the Ebro and the Duero.





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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.