In Northern Spain at least two people have died, and hundreds have been stranded in the heaviest snowfalls for 27 years.
In Northern Spain at least two people have died, and hundreds have been stranded in the heaviest snowfalls for 27 years. Snowstorms and freezing temperatures have paralysed most of the northern region, blocking roads, cutting telephone lines and disrupting power supplies. Some towns have been isolated for up to two days.
SYNOPSIS: Scenes like these may be picturesque, but the heavy snow has resulted in the deaths of a man and woman. More deaths are feared.
Even in winter, Spain attracts plenty of tourists. The weather is mostly mild, and the prices comparatively cheap. These British visitors were undeterred.
The town of Burgos, 75 kilometres south west of Bilbao on the Arlazon river, has been the worst hit. The snow has brought chaos to railways and roads alike. Police said all roads into Burgos, including the motorway from the French border at Irun, were blocked.
More than 200,000 tons of snow were cleared from the main motorway linking Madrid, and on one stretch of motorway, Police reported that 4,000 cars had been abandoned. It was in one such car, abandoned in deep snow, that the body of a man was found. The woman died in an ambulance, which got stuck in a snowdrift.
The bitter weather also brought heavy snowfalls to the southern sunshine region of Andalusia, blocking several coastal roads.
It is a time since Spain has known a winter like it. Very little has escaped its effects.