Snow blanket wraps Andalusia in chilly embrace

22nd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

22 February 2005, MADRID-Heavy snow in many parts of Spain, even southern Andalusia, has caused chaos on the roads and left scores of remote villages cut off.

22 February 2005

MADRID-Heavy snow in many parts of Spain, even southern Andalusia, has caused chaos on the roads and left scores of remote villages cut off.

Zaragoza in eastern Spain is the most seriously affected by heavy snowfalls, though Asturia and Cantabria, in the north, have also been badly disrupted by the weather.  

Twelve different regions of Spain were trying to come to terms with the cold snap.

Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Castilla y León, Navarra, La Rioja, Aragón, Extremadura, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusía were expected to suffer more snowfalls until Thursday.

Scores of roads have been closed or traffic has been badly disrupted across the country, especially in mountainous areas.

In Cantabria, two routes through the mountains at Tornos and San Glorio were closed, as was Echegarate in Navarre.

In Burgos, in northern Spain, 30 small villages were cut off because of the snow and some 63 smaller villages or hamlets in Palencia, in northern Spain, have also been cut off by snow.

In Asturias, 55 smaller villages have been isolated by snowfalls, leaving 1,650 without contact with the outside world.

Train services between Santander and Valladolid were suspended.

Even in some cities, heavy snow has caused problems with traffic.

In Zaragoza, the authorities have declared a state of alert because of the weather. The city's airport has closed and diverted two flights from Tenerife and London.

Other airports where there are problems caused by snowfalls included Vitoria, Bilbao and León.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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