AEMET weather agency described as “exceptional and most likely historic” conditions caused by Storm Filomena. Weather agency warned that another 20 centimetres (nearly eight inches) was expected to fall Saturday in Madrid and central Spain’s lower plains, with up to 50 centimetres at higher altitudes.
The greatest snowfall in over 50 years hit Madrid, Spain today.
Four people died in Spain as Storm Filomena caused travel chaos crowds of vehical truck cars stuck in traffic jams thousand of Km.
Madrid in the heaviest snowfall in decades and forcing authorities to mobilise troops to rescue trapped motorists.
King Felipe VIand Queen Letizia tweeted: “The royal family would like to express their sorrow for victims of the storm … and ask for extreme caution against the risks of accumulation of ice and snow.”
Apart from Madrid, the exceptional conditions put another four regions in the centre of the country on red alert Saturday: Aragon, Valencia, Castilla La Mancha and Catalonia.
On Twitter, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on people to stay indoors and follow the instructions of the emergency services. He paid tribute to the work of the rescue agencies who had helped hundreds of people trapped in the snow overnight.
Interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska urged Spaniards to avoid all but essential travel. “We are facing the most intense storm in the last 50 years,” he said.
Snow storm affected 650 roads were blocked by snow, said Grande-Marlaska, leaving some drivers stuck in their cars from Friday night until Saturday.
Aena, which controls the country’s airports, said Madrid’s Barajas airport, which was closed on Friday night, would remain shut for the rest of Saturday. It said at least 50 flights to Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife and Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North Africa, were canceled.
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