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Wintry weekend forecast – first snows to hit high altitudes
07 November 2019 @ 22:23

WINTER is about to hit Spain any day now – in fact, the first snows have fallen at high altitudes in the north.

After an Indian summer with Hallowe'en bringing almost beach temperatures on the Mediterranean, the high winds in the area that followed are likely to return between today (Thursday) and the weekend, whilst heavy rain is forecast for the northern coastal strip.

An Atlantic front hitting the north-west first will gradually drift south-east, bringing with it a significant fall in temperatures and snow at lower altitudes.

Already, snow has been reported at 1,500 metres above sea-level, mostly in the Pyrénées, which means ski resorts could open early this year.

In Aragón's Pyrénéen province of Huesca, over 20 centimetres (eight inches) of snow appeared overnight in Candanchú, one of the area's main ski resort towns, and at higher altitudes, this could rise to 50 centimetres or more (about 1'8”).

Asturias awoke this morning to see white peaks, and in the next few hours, snow could be seen at altitudes of just 1,000 metres above sea-level.

Skiing fans in Asturias and Cantabria are reportedly getting their gloves and goggles out ready to hit the slopes for the first time this year since March.



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