Weather alerts in 22 provinces for low temperatures, snow, wind, dangerous seas and even avalanches
The reprieve is over. The temporary protection afforded by a high-pressure system is being lifted, and as a result Spain will start feeling the effects of the cold spell that is already sweeping the rest of Europe.
The cold snap is expected to last into Thursday, according to the national weather service AEMET.
Authorities have issued a weather advisory in 22 provinces, and warned about the possibility of avalanches in northwestern mountain areas, particularly Huesca, Lleida, Girona and Navarre – where residents of mountain villages have already spent the weekend shoveling snow from their front lanes and cars.
More snow may be seen in the coming days at altitudes as low as 500 meters above sea level in the Pyrenees and the Balearic Islands.
Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, Mallorca and Menorca are on alert for strong winds that could gust up to 80 km/h, and coastal areas have been warned about dangerous sea conditions.