AENA said at the airport on Saturday that Madrid’s Barajas International Airport will be closed for the day due to the unusual snow. Bad weather claimed four lives.
- Authorities reported that two men died in the province of Madrid, and gendarmes found the body of one of them covered in snow in Zarzalejo. Another victim is a 73-year-old homeless man.
- A man and a woman died near Mijas in Andalusia when their car swept away a flooded river. Heavy rains in southern Spain have been a major concern for days.
Air traffic was suspended Friday night due to continued heavy snowfall, poor visibility and ice. 27 flights have been canceled and 26 diverted to airports in other cities. However, the situation has not improved since then, and the snowfall has not decreased.
In Madrid, the transport company EMT had to stop bus traffic, there was no car traffic, city tunnels closed, and there were no suburban trains. The only functioning mode of transportation is the metro, thus it transports passengers continuously for 24 hours. The capital is covered in a dense blanket of snow, and it is rare to see a pedestrian on the streets. Under the weight of the accumulating snow, tree branches tore apart the parked cars. During the night, crowds of motorists got stuck in the ice on several county highways, and the army and fire department rushed to their aid.
More than 1,500 people were rescued, but not yet all, and hundreds of nights and mornings were spent in their cars. There were those who left their car and walked down the road in the snow.
Jose Luis Almeida, Mayor of Madrid, asked everyone to stay safely in their homes and not go out on the streets. As he said, the capital is experiencing the most snowfall in the past 50 years. By noon, the amount of snow that had fallen reached sixty centimeters in some places.
The autonomous governments of the Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha provinces announced that educational institutions will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as there is no guarantee that students will safely access schools.
Snowfall affects 650 roads in the country, 112 of which are closed.
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