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REGIONS ON ALERT

Spain prepares to face a snowstorm

The government has activated alerts to face the expected snowfalls in Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, La Rioja and Madrid on Tuesday and Wednesday

22 November 2021, Spain, Madrid: A snowplow removes snow from the roads of Puerto de Navacerrada after a heavy snowfall. Photo: Rafael Bastante/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
A snowplow removes snow from the roads of Puerto de Navacerrada after a heavy snowfall. Photo: Rafael Bastante/dpa.

The arrival to the Iberian Peninsula of a cold air mass from high latitudes, and its expected transformation into a cold storm, will bring cold, heavy rains and snowfalls this week in the central regions of Spain and in the Balearic Islands.

The country is preparing to face the snowstorm announced by meteorologists from today until Thursday.

The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has forecast snowfall at relatively low levels, between 700 and 800 meters in some regions, which have been placed on orange or yellow alert. 

On Monday there were already heavy snowfalls in some areas of Madrid (in the mountain passes of Navacerrada and Cotos), Castilla y León, Cantabria and Aragón. Another 5 regions have received alerts for this week.

Thus, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) has activated the means to deal with the snowfall that may occur in the regions of Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, La Rioja and Madrid during the snowstorm of November 22 and 23.

To cope with these snowfalls, Mitma has 991 snow plows and a storage capacity of 173,195 tons of flux, the Ministry said in a statement.

Warnings

The AEMET has issued a warning bulletin for Orange level snowfalls in Castilla y León, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha and La Rioja for Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Also a warning bulletin for Yellow level snowfalls in the region of Madrid.

The Ministry recommends extreme caution when driving through these regions. It also asks drivers to check the information on the state of the roads before traveling.

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