January 9 According to an AFP report, on the 8th local time, most of Spain ushered in snow. Storm Philomena brought cold weather to the Iberian Peninsula that had not been seen in decades. Snow can be seen in large areas.
On the 8th and 9th, more than half of Spain entered a high level of alert for snowfall, and the Met Office called the current situation “abnormal and most likely historic”.
The snowfall is the most severe in the Madrid, Castile La Mancha and Valencia regions, with hundreds of road traffic disruptions.
According to the Meteorological Service, Madrid, the central plateau and nearby mountain areas are expected to have another 20 centimeters of snow, and the amount of snow may reach 50 centimeters at higher altitudes. The Spanish transportation department said that heavy snow disrupted traffic on 336 major roads. The historic city of Toledo and Albacete in the southeast asked the army for help to clean up the streets.
Forecasters said that the heavy snow would last until the 10th, and then the heavy snow would gradually subside as Storm Philomena began to move northeastward, but the temperature would remain extremely low. Previously, a ski station in the central Pyrenees set an unofficial record of minus 34.1 degrees Celsius.
Storm Filomena has also reportedly brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to the Canary Islands and the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.