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.