The Madrid regional authorities have today, Wednesday 8th December, activated a yellow weather warning due to plummeting temperatures, high winds and snow in the Sierra of Madrid.
The wintry weather is due to to the arrival of Storm Barra that has affected the top half of the Peninsula this week and brought heavy rain and strong gusts as well as snow to higher regions.
The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has forecast showers and occasional storms in Galicia, Cantabria and the Pyrenees that will spread south to include the Madrid region as the day goes on.
Snow has been falling in areas over 500 metres for much of northern Spain and the DGT have advised drivers to return home early after the holiday weekend and to check road conditions before setting off.
Up to 6cms of snow is expected in the Madrid Sierra at altitudes of over 1,300 metres with 90 km gusts of wind in exposed areas.
In addition all civil protection and rescue units are on high alert for any reported incidents and in support of the emergency SUMMA112.
The DGT have advised 31 major roads are closed in the north of Spain and have against all trips to the Sierra while the poor weather continues unless for residents.