>Snow Plows Northeastern Spain, South-Central France

Written by on March 9, 2010 in Rest of Europe with 0 Comments

>A couple walk on the beach during a snow storm in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, March 8, 2010. (AP Photo/David Ramos)

From AccuWeather.com
Mar 9, 2010; 8:19 AM ET

Heavy snow on Monday disrupted travel, closed schools and knocked out power over northeastern Spain and neighboring south-central France.
The main thoroughfare across Spain’s border with France at La Jonquera was closed, stranding 4,000 trucks.
Upwards of a foot of snow fell at Perpignan, France, Monday afternoon with snow falling at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour at points during the day.

Weather observations were also indicating thunder and lightning with the snow in Perpignan.
Conditions for the Catalonia region of Spain and into south-central France will be colder than normal for the next few days, with scattered snow flurries. The snow will not accumulate.
This storm is currently over Corsica, moving west towards Italy. Observations as of Tuesday morning, EST, reveal severe wind gusts, fog and a rain-snow mix in north-central Italy.
A foot of snow through tomorrow morning and midday in the hills of north-central Italy can be expected, along with gusty winds. The worst of the winds will take place today.

The U.K. Telegraph reported that Barcelona, Spain, has been hit with its heaviest snowfall in 25 years.
The Catalonia region was among the areas hardest hit by the snow, with virtually all public schools canceling classes for an estimated 142,000 students.
More than 60 roads around Catalonia were either closed or restricted.
Snow was also falling heavily at Girona, where 21 flights were canceled and several others were altered to land in other cities due to the weather.
Fecsa-Endesa, the local power provider, reported 200,000 homes without electricity, mostly in Girona.
Weather radar was showing intense precipitation over the area, and lightning directors were pinpointing a number of lightning strikes.
As of Monday night, EST, highest snowfall along the corridor from Girona to Perpignan was up to 20 inches in the higher elevations.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews and Carly Porter.

Check out these videos from the BBC on this historic southwest Europe snowstorm:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8556912.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8557570.stm?ls

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8555881.stm

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