A tree falls amid snowfall in Madrid
A tree falls amid snowfall in Madrid
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Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid

Spaniards ski through Madrid as snow storm kills four

Forecasters warn of more havoc next week after Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across the Mediterranean country; 'We have never seen anything like it before,' says one resident

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Published: 01.10.21 , 09:37
A storm in Spain killed four people, paralyzed travel and blanketed the capital Madrid in so much snow on Saturday that skiers took to the main Gran Via thoroughfare.
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  • Forecasters warned of more havoc next week after Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain.
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
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    In the Madrid area, rescuers reached 1,500 people trapped in cars, while on the usually traffic-clogged Gran Via, residents snowboarded and pelted each other with snowballs as well as ski.
    "It is astonishing, we have never seen anything like it before," said Marcos, 30.
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
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    One man and a woman in a car drowned after a river burst near Malaga in the south, while two homeless people froze to death in Madrid and Calatayud in the east, officials said.
    "I want to reiterate the government's call for maximum caution in the face of the evolution of the weather in the next few hours," tweeted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
    Heavy snowfall on January 09, 2021 in Madrid
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    Julian Morcillo, of the State Metereological Agency (Aemet), said temperatures would plunge to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) next week, bringing dangerous ice.
    Between 20-30 cm of snow fell in Madrid, making it the heaviest there since 1971, he added.
    The capital's Barajas airport was shut from Friday night, while nationwide, more than 650 roads were blocked.
    A tree falls amid snowfall in Madrid A tree falls amid snowfall in Madrid
    A tree falls amid snowfall in Madrid
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    "No solutions today," sighed Christopher, a Norwegian national living in Spain, stuck with his car on a road after an aborted attempt to reach a flight for Chile.
    "I have been stuck here without water or any other help," added Patricia Manzanares, in her car on Madrid's M-40 motorway since 7pm on Friday.

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