Spain’s heaviest snowfall in five decades, half country on red alert


Storm has caused many parts of Spain to be covered in snow and authorities have put more than half of the country on red alert.

Heavy snowfall has affected air, land and rail travel across the country, and Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska says Spain has not had “the worst storm in 50 years.”

The capital, Madrid, is one of the worst-hit areas, with up to eight inches of snow expected in the next 24 hours and rivers flooded the southern part of the country.

So far, four deaths have been confirmed due to the storm. Authorities say two people died of freezing temperatures while two people were traveling in a car in the southern Spanish city of Malaga when their car sank in the floodwaters.

As snow began to fall in Madrid on Friday, a large number of vehicles were stranded on the motorway near the city.

Madrid’s major parks were also closed due to security measures.

Madrid’s Braha International Airport was also closed, while major highways and trains to and from the city were temporarily suspended.

Firefighters were called in to help stranded vehicles and their drivers, and troops were called in to clear roads in some areas.

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