The Ciril storm formed by the anticyclone between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean will cause an unusual temperature drop for this time of year and snowfall at low levels, from 200 metersaccording to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which has issued a special notice until next Monday.
The warning is activated in seven communities, five of them (Aragón Cataluña, Navarra, Cantabria and Asturias) in orange due to accumulations of up to 20 centimeters thick in 24 hours.
Ciril will bring an unusual polar cold to the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands at this time of year, both in the maximum and in the minimum. The drop in temperatures will be caused by the arrival of a mass of cold air from very high latitudes, which will cause a Significant drop in temperatures in the coming days.
Aragon activated this Thursday afternoon the orange level (significant risk) due to snowfall that will leave 20 centimeters at points in the Pyrenees at a level that will descend from 1,000 meters to affect any level. The orange notice has also been activated in Cantabria and Asturias.
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On Navarra the orange warning for snowfall will affect from 6:00 p.m. to points in the Pyrenees, where about 20 centimeters are expected in 24 hours above 1,000 meters, while in Catalonia there is an orange warning for snow in the Aran Valley and a yellow warning (risk) for rain in Barcelona and Girona and for wind in Tarragona.
In the communities of Castilla y León and La Rioja will activate the yellow warning (risk) due to snowfall and in Andalusia, the Valencian Community and the City of Melilla there is a yellow alert due to strong gusts of wind and rough seas.
A new air mass will bring polar cold
The irruption of the polar cold will arrive this Thursday afternoon, when it will penetrate abruptly by the extreme north, from where it will 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 On Friday, April 1, 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.
Along with the thermal drop, the snow level will drop to 1,000 meters in the extreme north this Thursday afternoon and on Friday even up to the range of 200 to 600 meters and at 500 to 1,000 meters. In the rest of the northern half, snowfall will be significant in the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. Weak frosts are expected in the northern half and the most intense will occur in mountainous areas.
The wind will come from the north and will blow moderately, with strong intervals in the northeast quadrant, the Balearic Islands and mountainous areas and this will increase the feeling of cold. Furthermore, it will cause bad state of the sea in areas of the Mediterranean.
The rainfall due to the Ciril storm will subside over the weekend
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 interior, especially 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.