Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain

Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain
Up to 20cm of snow is expected to fall in Castilla-La Mancha and Aragón during this cold front. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP
Temperatures are set to plummet across much of central and northern Spain on Monday as an Arctic cold front drags in snow and rain storms which are expected to last for most of the week. 

It’s set to get markedly colder in the northern half of Spain as of Monday November 22nd as the first official cold front of this autumn hits the Iberian Peninsula.

Spain’s national weather agency AEMET has put the northern regions of Aragón and La Rioja on orange alert for heavy snow, with 20 cm expected to fall within 24 hours. 

But la nieve (snow in Spanish) is also expected in relatively low altitude areas in Madrid, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha. 

Percentage of snowfall probability on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET
Percentage of snowfall probability across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

The Spanish regions on yellow alert for this polar front are Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia and Madrid. 

In addition, the Balearic Islands and the Valencia region are on alert for heavy rainfall. 

Probabability of storms across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET
Probability percentage of storms across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

Persistent rain is also forecast throughout the week in Catalonia.

The polar weather event is expected to reach its peak on Tuesday. 

Temperatures forecast for 8am on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

Spain’s Ministry of Transport has prepared 412 snowplows and 57,214 tonnes of antifreeze to combat the snowfall. 

Spain’s traffic authority the DGT has also asked for caution and responsible travel planning to avoid unnecessary risks.


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