The Department for Civil Protection and Emergencies has issued a warning to the governments of ten Autonomous Communities in Spain following the the National Meteorological Institute’s forcast for heavy snow and very low temperatures over the next few days. The extreme weather conditions are predicted to worsen from Wednesday onwards. As a result many cities in Spain are on high alert and as a precaution around 50 mountain passes have been closed to heavy traffic.
Castilla and León, Navarra, Galicia, País Vasco, Cantabria and Asturias, Cataluña, Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid are all on high alert due to heavy snow predicted for the next few days.
Andalucía is on alert for extremely low temperaturas, notably in Granada where temperaturas are predicted to fall to – 4ºC.
Today the drop in temperatures will be noticeable in the whole of Spain and tomorrow the situation is predicted to worsen with a new weather front crossing the country from the Northeast.
On Friday temeperatures are expected to recover and it will become much less windy. By Saturday meteorological conditions are expected to have improved considerably.
These extreme weather conditions come following a spell of unusually warm, dry weather for this time of year. Many Spanish ski resorts are experiencing their worst season for years and the snowfall this week will be the first proper one all Winter.