Spain freezes: from snow to living at -18ºC

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Neighbors of Madrid remove snow and face ice in the streets

From the war of balls, the dolls and the millions of photos about snow, ice and temperatures of up to 18ºC below zero. Spain is already facing an extreme cold wave that threatens to freeze streets and highways after the heavy snowfall this weekend. “The alert is still very much alive; very hard days remain ”, warned the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

For now, the extreme weather will last until Thursday. Up to thirty provinces can see their thermometers at -15ºC, a ‘ranking’ that Soria leads with up to -18ºC. The authorities have focused on what they call a “false sense of security.” It doesn’t snow anymore, true, but walking is a real danger. They ask to stay at home and not take the car except in cases of real need.

It has not snowed for almost two days except in very localized points, but the cold is such that the streets, in many cases, hardly allow circulation. At the end of this Monday there are still almost 600 affected roads, with 116 cut and more than 200 in which it is mandatory to circulate with chains.

The images of cars and pedestrians hitting each other have occurred throughout this Monday and threaten to collapse a health system already very affected by the incessant growth of the coronavirus: “The emergencies begin to fill up due to significant falls and there are even people who have to go under the knife ”.

Recovery to normal will take days. This Monday all the long and medium distance train lines have already circulated, but with an operating percentage of less than 100%. The outskirts of Madrid once again connect the capital with towns on the periphery. Barajas has also reopened its T-4 and two satellite runways to host several flight take-offs, as well as the T-1, in a “very gradual” manner, they warn from AENA. Patience and a lot of phone calls to check if your ticket is still valid or if it suffers some variation

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