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VIDEO: Watch Malaga hit by hailstorm as Storm Gloria hits southern Spain

Malaga was hit by a hailstorm on Thursday morning, turning the provincial capital white and blocking roads.

VIDEO: Watch Malaga hit by hailstorm as Storm Gloria hits southern Spain
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Residents described it as the most powerful hailstorm in living memory as images revealed cars blocked in by a sea of ice and others gingerly made their way to work on foot.

Take a look at this dramatic images.

 

 

Andalusia had until now escaped the worst of Storm Gloria that ravaged the coastline of Spain's eastern Mediterranean region.

But the hailstorm hit the southern city early in the morning on Thursday.

 

The storm made driving very difficult.

 

Until the clean-up operation got underway.

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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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