Thursday, January 28

The storm Filomena leaves 15 centimeters of snow in the interior of the province of Alicante

The snow covered the areas of the province above 700 meters as in the port of Beneixama-Fontanars |  ÁXEL ÁLVAREZ

The snow covered the areas of the province above 700 meters as in the port of Beneixama-Fontanars | ÁXEL ÁLVAREZ

The forecasts of the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (Aemet) by cold and snow in the interior of the province of Alicante has led Emergencies to deploy a comprehensive device to deal with the effects of the storm Filomena. The objective shared by the Government, the Generalitat Valenciana and the Alicante Provincial Council seeks to avoid chaotic situations such as those that occurred in January years ago, with hundreds of people trapped in their vehicles and dozens of municipalities cut off from communication. But yesterday the snow had no impact on the main roads of the road network and only dyed the tops of the mountains and lPopulations located above 700 meters. The snow cover reached more than 15 centimeters at the highest levels but with the drop in temperatures last night, the risk of ice sheets appearing increases.

Yesterday the first cuts of county roads and local, and in some points it was necessary to circulate with chains. Access by motor vehicles to the mountains or foothills of the river was also advised or prohibited. Cid-Maigmó, Mariola, Carrasqueta, Reconco, Aitana, Cabeço, Xorret del Catí, Serrella, Puig Campana, Carxe, Sierra de Salinas and Font Roja, among other. As anecdotal data, it should be noted that it also snowed in the Vega Baja region. Something unusual. But almost whenever the current meteorological circumstances occur, it snows on the peaks and slopes of the Sierra de la Algayat.


The cold and snow storm in the province of Alicante, in images

However, the orange warning remains today because the convergence of two divergent air masses -Atlantic fronts with continental polar air- continues to be active, of which there is still some dispersion. The rains started at dawn but were not copious and, as the day progressed, the snow began to dissolve due to the effect of rainwater.


Snow covers the interior and mountains of the Marina Baixa in white

In towns such as Benifallim, Penaguila, Fageca, Alfafara, Tollos, Agres, Benasau and Alcoleja lThe snow set in the urban areas -which did not prevent the arrival of street vendors- but, with the exception of Banyeres, it did not do so in other municipalities in the interior such as Alcoy, Villena, Cocentaina, Beneixama, Biar, Onil and Ibi. In these cases the snow only curdled in the fields and mountains. A fully winter scene that also occurred in Confrides and in the inland mountains of the Marina Baixa.

In this context of an orange weather alert due to impending snowfall, some municipalities decided to suspend classes as a precaution. In Villena, the City Council decided to postpone the selection tests for a Local Police agent that had to be carried out in the afternoon. In order to reduce vehicle traffic to avoid risks, the call was postponed to next week. For its part, the Finestrat City Council, following the recommendations of the 112 Valencian Community Emergency Center, chose to close the entire recreational area of ​​the Font del Molí area, as well as the area that serves as parking in it and where numerous hikers park on weekends. In this way, the aim is to persuade hikers, mountaineers and climbers to make outings during these days through the Puig Campana routes.


Nevada in the Alto Vinalopó
Axel alvarez

Regarding the activated protocol, the government sub-delegate, Araceli Poblador, reported that it includes 16 snowplows, 1,700 tons of salt and 228,000 liters of brine, as well as 12 weather stations. The Alicante Provincial Council also deployed a special operation and the Deputies for Roads and Emergencies, Alejandro Morant and Javier Sendra, they met telematically with the councilors Arcadi Spain and Gabriela Bravo together with the regional secretary for Emergencies, José María Ángel Batalla.

The cold was also felt all Thursday in Elche, with thermometers that marked minimum temperatures of 6 degrees in the city and even lower in some districts, with Ferriol being the coldest point.

The storm offered on its first day oscillating rain gauge records: 23 mm in Pego, 20 mm in Xàbia, 16 mm in Banyeres, 15 mm in some areas of the Vega Baja, 8 mm in Villena, 7 mm in Elche, 5 mm in Elda -Petrer and 3 mm in Alicante. A rain very well received by the countryside because the autumn and what we have been in winter has been very dry in the province. Temperatures have been low – the maximums have not exceeded 2 degrees in Banyeres, 3 degrees in Villena and 6 in Elda-Petrer – but until early Thursday there had been no harmful frosts for seasonal crops. In any case the meteorological situation is very unstable. Forecasts suggest that the weather could get more complicated throughout this Friday as the risk of heavy snowfall and a sharp drop in temperatures remain.

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