You might imagine that these pictures came from one of the British newspapers but you would be wrong. They came from one of our local papers here in Spain.
The forecast was right, copious quantities of snow fell on much of the interior of Alicante province during Saturday night. Rainfall was also very intense in some areas, especially in the Sierra de Mariola, where snow caused some traffic problems. In fact, the CV-801 road was only reopened to traffic between Ibi and Banyeres Mariola on Sunday afternoon. Between 5 and 20cms of snowfall was recorded in parts of the province.
According to the Coordination Center (OCC), other roads that were affected by snow included the CV-80 and CV-800 which were cleared quickly. In the meantime, precaution was recommended on the CV-780, CV-782, CV-785, CV-787, CV-794, CV-795, CV-796 and CV-797 all day.
The storm left snow not only in the province of Alicante, but also created serious complications on the coast. The port of Gandia in Valencia, was closed to shipping from ten o'clock because of the adverse weather conditions. In fact the whole coast was on orange alert including the southern coast of Castellón, the coast of Valencia and the north coast of Alicante. Wind gusts of 78km per hour were reported in Jávea and 71 in Alicante.
According to the Hydrographic Confederation of Júcar (CHJ), in the last 24 hours up to 132 litres per square metre of rain fell in Callosa d'En Sarria, 104 l/m2 in Confrides and 105 l/m2 in Altea.
Aemet removed the alerts for snow, rain, wind and coastal phenomena late Sunday .
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