Winter is here: Spain braced for icy blast and snowfall over puente

Winter is here: Spain braced for icy blast and snowfall over puente
File photo of a snowy road in Burgos: AFP
The first of the cold winter weather will arrive just in time for Spain’s December puente as Storm Dora sends an icy blast across the peninsula.

Mountainous regions across much of northern Spain are expecting a blanket of snow while the Cantabrian coast will be battered  by high seas and strong winds.

Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET has issued weather warnings including Andalusia, Murcia, parts of Valencia and the Balearic Islands.

Galicia, Asturias, parts of Castilla y Leon and zones in the Pyrenees from the Basque Country through Aragon to Catalonia have weather alerts for snow.

Temperatures are predicted to drop below 0C in many parts of Spain over the bank  holiday weekend which links the weekend with the public holidays of Constitution Day and the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The long weekend is usually a time when Spaniard travel either to enjoy the start if the ski season, to visit family or for a city trip to enjoy Christmas lights and shopping.

But this year all but three of Spain's autonomous communities have closed their borders restricting movement to prevent a rise in coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas holidays.

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