Cold snap brings Spain to an icy standstill

25th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2005, MADRID-A cold snap has brought heavy snow causing major disruption to northern Spain and the Balearic Islands.

25 January 2005

MADRID-A cold snap has brought heavy snow causing major disruption to northern Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Roads through Cantabria in the north have been the worst hit due to heavy snowfalls in mountain areas.

Authorities said routes through La Sía to Arredondo; La Lunada in San Roque de Riomiera; Palombera and Brañavieja; and Belagua were all affected.

Mountain roads in Isaba in Navarre, in the Basque Country and in Bocos, near Burgos in northern Spain were also blocked.

Motorway rescue service drivers have lifted a strike to help stranded motorists and clear roads in Navarre.

Authorities said in all 22 roads across northern Spain have been closed.

In the Balearic Islands, Barcelona, and around Girona and Lerida in Catalonia in north-east Spain, traffic has also been badly affected with a number of roads closed or hit by heavy traffic delays.

Elsewhere, traffic has been delayed on major routes through Soria in north-west Spain and Leon in the west of the country.

RENFE, Spain's railway operator, stopped services between Burgos and Vitoria and between Vitoria and Pamplona.

Another service has been suspended between Reinosa in Cantabria and Palencia.

RENFE sources said they were hopeful normal services would resume once the snow and high winds had lifted, probable by the end of the week.

A polar front from Siberia has brought severe low temperatures and snowfalls to much of Spain and other parts of western Europe.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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