The first snowfalls of the year hit the Costa Blanca on Wednesday causing problems inland.
From Busot to Gandía many areas were covered in a blanket of snow. In Busot, the nearby Cabeço d’Or, which is very close to Alicante, was topped with snow as were most peaks along the coast – including Aitana, Puig Campana, Bernia and Coll de Rates.
In coastal areas as much as 70 litres of rain per square metre fell and in Jávea temperatures never went past the 5C mark. Banyeres registered the lowest temperature of -2C.
Snow and heavy rainfall forced the closure of many inland roads and gave around 10,000 schoolchildren an early start to the holidays by forcing schools in 11 towns to close.
Guardia Civil traffic police had to reroute heavy lorries trying to pass through the mountainous Alcoy area as treacherous conditions made it impossible for them to get through. Only cars fitted with snow chains were allowed access to some of the roads.