The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) maintains orange warnings for this Thursday – which indicate an important meteorological risk due to unusual meteorological phenomena and with a certain degree of danger for usual activities – due to heavy rains, snowfalls or wind in the Andalusian provinces of Cádiz, Málaga, Jaén, Granada and Almería, and due to snowfall in the south of the province of Albacete and the northwest of the Region of Murcia. In the province of Malaga, the orange warning for rains in the region of Sol and Guadalhorce is extended from seven in the afternoon of this Wednesday until six in the morning of this Thursday. In addition, there will be yellow warnings for winds and coastal phenomena in the regions of Sol and Guadalhorce and in La Axarquía until 11.59 hours on the 7th.
The Aemet has also announced that they are on a yellow warning due to cold weather —which implies that there is no meteorological risk for the general population although there is for some specific activities— areas of the Principality of Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque Country.
The agency had already activated this Wednesday the orange warning for rains in the province of Cádiz, in the Strait area. The orange warning level is also active in the Cadiz regions of Grazalema (until 12.00 this Thursday), Campiña (active until 08.00 hours) and Litoral (until 09.00 hours). Due to snow, the regions of Guadix and Baza (Granada), Cazorla and Segura (Jaén) and Valle de Almanzora and Los Vélez (Almería) are on orange warning until 12 noon this January 7.
The extreme cold has marked the day on Wednesday in various parts of the geography. The weather station of Clot de la Llanza, in the Catalan Pyrenees, has registered this morning a temperature of -34.1ºC, as reported by the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, dependent on the Generalitat of Catalonia. The record was marked at 4.19 in the morning. The temperature has been recorded in a measurement station that does not belong to the Aemet network, which has data from 1920 and indicates two records of low temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula. The first, absolute, was 32 degrees below zero and was reached on February 2, 1956 in Estany Gento (Lleida). The second, which only takes into account records in populated areas, was recorded by the Calamocha-Fuentes Claras meteorological station, in the province of Teruel, on December 17, 1963, with 30 degrees below zero.
The Valencian Community has also experienced the coldest morning of the last four years this Wednesday, which has left frost and negative values in the thermometers of inland municipalities, where in some cases the mercury has dropped to almost -10 degrees. As reported by Aemet, the lowest minimum has been recorded in Ademuz (Valencia), where the thermometer has reached -9.7ºC.
View of the flight that the SEPA has made over the snow avalanche in the Council of Aller, Asturias, this Wednesday. In video, the first images of Filomena’s passage through the Peninsula.
The Spanish Meteorological Agency has reduced this Wednesday at noon from 16 to seven the number of autonomous communities on alert for cold or snow, with significant risk in Andalusia and Murcia, although the entry of the storm Filomena is expected to worsen the situation from tomorrow Thursday. The other communities on alert are Castilla la Mancha, with a snow warning, and Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque Country due to cold.
The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has activated a set of means to deal with the snowfalls of these days and has 488 snow plows and a storage capacity of 69,483 tons of flux. The ministry has activated the Emergency and Crisis Management Unit in the face of the storm and has deployed all available means in State infrastructures to deal with the incidents that the storm Filomena may cause. In a statement, the ministry has indicated that all the means have been prepared both in the State Highway Network, as well as in the Aena airports and in the Adif infrastructures in the face of the forecast snowstorm.
The General Directorate of Traffic reminds citizens who have to travel by road of the convenience of planning the trip in advance before leaving and checking the weather forecast and the state of traffic on the road network, although it recommends avoiding road travel in the areas affected by the warnings. The Military Emergency Unit deployed 38 soldiers and 21 vehicles yesterday in Boca de Huérgano (León) to clear the accesses to nearby towns of snow.
In Madrid, the Civil Guard has cut access to the Madrid mountains through the M-601 early in the morning of this Wednesday, for the sixth day in a row, to avoid road collapses and crowds, after filling the car parks of the ports de Cotos and Navacerrada despite the recommendations of the authorities to avoid displacement.
Filomena This Three Kings Day will bring a very cold air mass, snowfall and minimum temperatures between 3 and 4 degrees lower, which precede what could be one of the longest snow episodes in recent years from Thursday.
According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the storm will cause a storm of wind, sea and heavy rains in the Canary Islands today, which will extend in the afternoon to the south of the peninsula, Ceuta ―in orange alert from 18:00 ― and Mediterranean area.
In the interior of the Peninsula, copious snowfalls are expected at relatively low levels, from 500 to 700 meters, mainly in areas of the interior of the southeast, which will spread and intensify during Thursday and Friday to large areas of the center and this peninsula.
Andalusia is the community with the most warnings this Wednesday, since to those of snow and cold it also adds alerts for rain and bad seas, a situation that will be complicated with significant risk from 6:00 p.m.
The Aemet forecasts for this Wednesday minimum temperatures of up to 11 degrees below zero in the Cantabrian mountain range in the León area and -10 or lower in the Pyrenees, in Albarracín and Jiloca (Teruel), in the Iberian System in Burgos, in the Central de Segovia and Ávila, in the northeast of the Cuenca mountains, in the Guadalajara mountains, in the Sanabria area (Zamora).
Snow accumulations are also expected in 24 hours of up to 20 centimeters from 1,000 meters in the Cazorla and Segura area in Jaén, and 10 centimeters in the Almanzora and Los Vélez valley in Almería and in Guadix and Baza (Granada) Although the snow level will rise from 800-1,000 meters to 1,000-1,200 meters.
A total of 75 roads, all of them from the secondary network, were affected this Wednesday afternoon by the storm that affects the Peninsula, according to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).
Of the total number of roads affected, 21 are closed to traffic and in 32 the use of chains is mandatory.
The DGT explains that most of the affected roads are located in Asturias, Cantabria, León and Burgos.
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