Snow in Spain?

by Amy Lambert on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

snow in spainMy time abroad has been full of surprises, and this week I’ve seen something I never thought I’d see here in Spain – snow! It has to be said, there really wasn’t very much of it and it soon disappeared, but nevertheless it was a bit of a shock to someone who associates Spain with hot sunny weather!

The reality is however, that especially here in the north of Spain, temperatures can get very chilly at this time of year and have been especially bitter this winter. I’d like to say "I’m English, I’m used to this kind of weather" but actually I’m not! Being told by the flashing pharmacy signs that it's minus six degrees

on my way to work is definitely not the norm and I’ve had to invest in some warmer clothes to get me through these harsh temperatures without coming down with pneumonia. Many regions of the country have been on alert for cold weather and snow during the past couple of weeks, and it looks like the most northerly parts may have more to come.

The bad weather has been causing several problems: traffic has had to slow down in some parts, particularly Catalonia, due to the ice and thick fog, the harvest of fruits and vegetables has decreased and the capital Madrid has had to be on guard with its Plan Nevada, its system of using machinery to deal with the snow and ice to keep the city running as normal.

The only advantage of this freezing weather is that a great ski season is guaranteed. Not only does Spain have ski resorts in the Pyrenees, but also in the snowy mountains surrounding Madrid, Salamanca and Segovia, as well as in Cantabria and even the Sierra Nevada which is in the Southern province of Andalusia! Who’d have thought it was possible in a country renowned for its hot holiday weather?

Thankfully for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be making the most of the snowy slopes, it seems that the weather should be improving, with many of the snowflakes on the weather maps turning gradually into sunshine and temperatures reaching double figures once again. Hurray!

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