Nine provinces on red alert as Storm Gloria sweeps across Spain

At least one person has lost their life as Storm Gloria swept across Spain bringing high winds, big waves and snow.

Nine provinces on red alert as Storm Gloria sweeps across Spain


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The Mediterranean coast around Valencia was battered overnight in fierce winds and torrential rain while the northern and interior parts of the country were blanketed in snow.

A total of 33 provinces were issued with weather warnings on Monday by the state meteorological agency AEMET.

Nine provinces were given red warnings. These were Teruel, Albacete, Murcia, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Valencia, Alicante and Castellón.

Heavy snowfall has seen more than 1,000km of roads closed while in Valencia houses on the coastal frontline were evacuated as huge waves rolled as the storm hit on Sunday.


Across the Valencia coastline, authorities were surveying the damage on Monday morning after waves up to 6meters battered the shore.


Photos from the seaside town of Javea show the extent of the storm damage:


Photos: Ajuntament de Xàbia / Facebook

And this is the aftermath in Torrevieja.

Traffic was completely blocked on the A-31 between Alicante and Albacete.


But the storm was moving away from the Balearic Islands and Valencian coast north towards Catalonia on Monday morning, where red alerts were in place.



On Sunday a 44-year-old man died in Asturias as he attempted to put snow chains on his car.

The storm forced the closure of several airports on Sunday because of the high winds. Gandia and Formentera both had cancellations while Alicante airport was closed for the duration of Monday. 

READ MORE: Alicante airport closed amid safety issues as storm hits eastern Spain

Heavy snow completely blocked off the town of Villena in Alicante on Monday morning.

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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.