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Storm Filomena to cover Spain’s capital with 20cms of snow in next 24 hours

Storm Filomena has wreaked havoc across Spain. According to local media, the snowfall in Madrid is the heaviest in 40 years. The country’s AEMET weather agency termed the snowstorm “exceptional and most likely historic”. It warned that the situation was expected to get worse in the coming hours, with the storm heading towards the Mediterranean into next week.

Madrid, one of the worst affected areas, is set to be covered in up to 20cm (eight inches) of snow in the next 24 hours. On Friday evening, a number of vehicles became stranded on a motorway near the capital. Soldiers worked to reach drivers stranded for hours on roads around Madrid. Authorities have asked people to avoid non-essential travel.

A number of people were seen making the most of the snowy scenery, walking through Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square. The cold weather is set to continue beyond the weekend with temperatures in Madrid predicted to hit -12C on Thursday.

Madrid and four other regions were on red alert on Saturday as more heavy snowfalls were forecast, the State Meteorological Agency said.