Snow returns to wreak more travel chaos across Spain
28 February 2005 , BARCELONA-A new polar front bringing heavy snows and freezing temperatures has caused fresh travel problems across much of northern Spain.
28 February 2005
BARCELONA-A new polar front bringing heavy snows and freezing temperatures has caused fresh travel problems across much of northern Spain.
Heavy snow, even in cities like Barcelona, has blocked many roads, caused cancellations at airports and left remote villages isolated and unable to reach the outside world.
At least 13 roads in mountainous areas have been cut off and 28 other roads have been severely restricted by the snow and icy conditions.
In some parts of northern Spain temperatures reached minus 20 Celsius overnight.
Boat services between Algerciras and Gibraltar and Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish territories in northern Africa have been suspended due to the weather.
In Asturias, in northern Spain, more than 8,000 people are thought to be cut off in the smallest villages.
In Barcelona in north-east Spain, many streets in outlying areas of the city were cut off or severely restricted by heavy snowfalls.
Train services into the city were also delayed.
Delays of up to 45 minutes in many flights from Barcelona airport were reported.
Spanair, one of Spain´s main domestic carriers, has cancelled 18 flights in and out of Barcelona.
Iberia, the principal domestic carrier in Spain, said it was impossible to say how many flights would have to be cancelled as the situation was still fluid.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news