A total of 25 provinces will be here this Wednesday, December 8 on alert for wind, snowfall, avalanches and waves, according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which places the snow level between 500 and 1,000 meters in the Cantabrian mountain range, Pyrenees, northern Iberian system and between 600 / 1,000 meters in the Central system, while highlighting the strong Wind intervals in the northern coasts, the Balearic Islands and Alboran, as well as very strong gusts in mountain areas.
Specifically, nine provinces will be on orange alert (significant risk): in the case of Burgos, Palencia and León, it will be due to snowfall; while in Vizcaya, Cantabria, Asturias, Lugo, A Coruña and Pontevedra they will be activated by coastal phenomena.
In addition, Ávila, Segovia, Soria, La Rioja, Burgos, Álava, Guipúzcoa (also due to waves), León, Orense, Zamora, Lugo, Cantabria and Asturias will be on yellow alert (risk) due to snowfall.
Likewise, Lleida, Huesca and Navarra will be at risk due to snow and avalanches, while Madrid, Murcia and Albacete they will be on yellow alert for wind, and Almería and Granada, due to wind and coastal phenomena.
According to the AEMET prediction, it is likely that a cold front will continue its advance through the southeast half of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, weakening, but establishing a cold, humid and unstable flow from the west or northwest.
Widespread and abundant showers
Thus, they are expected widespread, heavy showers and with the occasional storm in Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees, which could be locally persistent on the Cantabrian coast. In a weaker, scattered and occasional way, they will spread to the south and east, being more intense in mountain areas and in the Straits.
In the second half of the day, showers are likely in Ampurdán and the Balearic Islands, with the possibility of occasional storms. In the Canary Islands, the skies will remain cloudy with the probability of scattered rainfall in the north of the islands of greater relief.
Regarding significant phenomena, the snow level will drop to 500 / 1,000 meters in the extreme north600/1000 in the center and 900/1,200 in the southeast, so snowfall is expected in all mountain systems and also in the moorlands of the North plateau and east of the South plateau.
Heavy snowfall is expected in the western Cantabrian mountain range, areas of the Pyrenees and, occasionally, cannot be ruled out in coastal areas of the Cantabrian Sea. In addition, there will be possible scattered morning fogs in mountain areas in the interior of the Peninsula.
The temperatures will drop appreciably and generalized in the peninsula, even with a notable decrease in the northwest, Cantabrian and southeast mountain ranges. Frosts are expected in the mountainous systems of the northern and southeastern half and, in isolation, in moorlands, more intense in the Pyrenees; and without major changes in the archipelagos.
The winds will blow intense from the west in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with the probability of being strong or with strong intervals in Galicia and the surroundings of Alboran, and can become very strong in the Cantabrian area, and with very strong gusts in the mountains. . For its part, the Canaries will blow the Trade Winds.
Given the arrival of the storm, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has asked drivers who are going to move through the north of the peninsula “prudence”. In fact, he has recommended avoiding all those road trips that are not essential
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.