Madrid sees heaviest snowfall in 50 years as storms snarl travel in Spain
- Spain’s interior ministry said three people had died in historic snowstorms that struck multiple regions on Saturday.
- Storm Filomena blocked roads, particularly in the centre of the country.
- Capital Madrid seeing its heaviest snowfalls since 1971.
- Forecasters warned there was more to come on Saturday as five regions were put under red alert.
- Madrid’s Barajas airport was shut down late Friday and hundreds of motorists were left stranded.
- The AEMET weather agency described the situation as “exceptional and most likely historic”.
- Another 20 centimetres (nearly eight inches) was forecast to fall Saturday in Madrid and central Spain‘s lower plains, with up to 50 centimetres at higher altitudes.
- Before the snowfall began Thursday morning, temperatures had already plummeted to an unofficial record low of -34.1 degrees Celsius (-29.38 Fahrenheit) at a ski station in the central Pyrenees on Wednesday.
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also tweeted to call on people to stay indoors and follow the instructions of the emergency services.
- Madrid’s emergencies agency said it had worked all night to help trapped motorists, freeing a thousand vehicles. They asked others still stuck to be patient.
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