The Ciril storm brings unusual polar cold in April and snowfall

The Ciril storm, which has entered the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, is leaving unusually low temperatures for this time of the year and keeps nine communities on alert this Friday, especially in the northern half of the peninsula, with an orange notice due to significant risk, due to snowfall at very low levels, strong gusts of wind of up to 100 kilometers per hour or due to maritime storm, according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) on its website.

Specifically, in Navarra, the snow that has been falling for a few hours has forced close three ports and necessitate the use of chains on three others of the secondary road network. The Government of Navarra has asked drivers to be careful when driving on the roads in the north of the community due to the snow that has already set in Pamplona.

Snowfall in the north of the peninsula and lower temperatures

In the Navarra’s secondary road network is closed to traffic the NA-137, starting at kilometer 47; NA-2012 from kilometer 7.8, and NA-7510 from its beginning. The forecast is that it will continue to snow for the next few hours in Navarra, where the snow level this Friday stands at 400-600 meters, dropping to 200-500 meters.

The The Government has made available 826 snow plows and 152,085 tons of flux to facilitate the melting of the snow, to deal with the snowfall forecast this Friday and Saturday by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). In addition, the Ministry has made an “appeal for prudence” and “extreme precautions” when driving on the road.

Yellow or orange notice in nine communities due to snowfall

On Aragón there is an orange level due to snow in points of the Pyrenees that will leave thicknesses of 20 centimeters in 24 hours, at a level that will descend from 1,000 meters to any level and with greater incidence in the western half. In the Cinco Villas de Zaragoza there will be accumulations of 5 centimeters at heights from 500 meters, especially in the north. There is also an orange warning for maximum wind gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction.

Cantabria has a snow alert in Liébana, the center and the Villaverde valley, which in 24 hours will reach 20 centimeters above 600-700 meters, although the level can drop to 400-500 meters; in the Basque Country there is an orange level also due to snow in all the provinces with thicknesses between 15 and 10 centimeters in 24 hours above 500 and 300 meters.

Asturias has activated the alert for snowfall of 20 centimeters in the Cantabrian mountain range and in Picos de Europa at a height of 800 meterswhile in Navarra the snow warning affects the Cantabrian slope, the central area and the Pyrenees with accumulations of about 20 centimeters above 800-900 metres, although the snowfall will occur at any level in the area.

On Castilla y León, the most important snowfalls will affect the northern part of the province of Burgos and to the county of Treviño with snowfalls of 5 centimeters in 24 hours over 500 and 700 meters in the early and late hours of the day, rising to 900 meters in the central hours; in Palencia, Soria and León there is a yellow alert for snowfall that will leave thicknesses between 5 and 15 centimeters in 24 hours.

On the shores of the Mediterranean, Catalonia has a warning for snow in the Arán Valley (20 centimeters in 24 hours at a descending level from 1,000 meters to affect any level), for strong gusts of wind between 90 and 100 kilometers per hour and by maritime storm with northwest wind force seven to eight and waves of three meters.

The The Balearic Islands continue in an orange warning due to waves from the north of four meters of significant height and waves that can reach eight meters; while in the Valencian Community, only the province of Castellón is on notice due to maximum northwest wind gusts of 100 km/h and rough seas with waves between two and three metres.

In Andalusia, La Rioja and the Autonomous City of Melilla, there is a yellow alert for snow or rough seas.

The rainfall due to the Ciril storm will subside over the weekend

The irruption of the polar cold, because of the anticyclone between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, arrived this Thursday afternoon by the extreme north, from where it has spread to the rest of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands. However, it will be from this Friday afternoon when the irruption of very cold air will penetrate abruptly through the extreme north of the peninsula, spreading over the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

The AEMET adds that this Friday rainfall will appear in the north of the peninsula and the most frequent and intense ones will fall in the Cantabrian area and in the Pyrenees, compared to the less probable ones, which will occur in the south, where they will be more dispersed.

During the This weekend the rainfall due to the Ciril storm will subside and will be weaker and weaker. They will be restricted to the extreme north of the Peninsula, although the snow level will continue to be very low.

The wind will continue blowing from the north component and will tend to loosen, especially on Sunday, but there will still be strong intervals in the northeast of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

The AEMET highlights that the most significant of these days will be the frosts due to the decrease in cloudiness and wind, which will affect large areas of the interiorespecially in the northern half and will be locally strong in mountain areas.

As of Monday, April 4, the prediction has a high degree of uncertainty, but in principle it is expected that the mass of polar cold will withdraw and end the adverse episode.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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