The first flakes fall in Euskal Herria




The towns of the Navarrese Pyrenees have dawned snowy, and the day began with sleet in Vitoria-Gasteiz. In Gipuzkoa intense rains have been registered, and the wind is being another of the protagonists, with trees felled in the Gipuzkoan capital.

As the weather forecast announced, the first snowflakes have covered various areas of Euskal Herria at low levels. The snow has made its appearance in Navarra and Álava. Around 07:30 hours this Saturday, a sleet fell on the capital of Alava, and it was snowing intensely in Araia already at 09:00 hours. Meanwhile, the towns of the Navarrese Pyrenees have also woke up covered in a white blanket.

Snow in Gauna (Álava).  Photo: Satur Aguirre

Snow in Gauna (Álava). Photo: Satur Aguirre

In addition, in Gipuzkoa they have registered heavy rains during the last hours, and in the Añarbe reservoir Up to 25 liters per square meter have been accumulated from 00:00 to 08:00 (yesterday, 13 liters were accumulated throughout the day).

On the other hand, the wind It is also being the protagonist and is blowing hard on the coast. The emergency services have warned of fallen branches in the road network and even several trees felled in Donostia-San Sebastian, so they have asked for caution at the wheel. The gusts of wind have caused waves of more than four meters in the port of Pasaia.

Image of fallen trees in Donostia.  Photo: Euskadi Irratia

Image of fallen trees in Donostia. Photo: Euskadi Irratia

Saturday forecast

During this Saturday the orange alert for snow will be activated in the CAV, whose level will drop to 400-500 meters on Saturday in the afternoon, although it could occasionally snow at lower points, and a yellow warning for rain That will raise to orange on sunday.

In Navarra, the State Meteorological Agency has activated the orange alert for snow and yellow for rain for today. In addition, it has established the orange alert for the accumulation of 10 centimeters of snow in 24 hours in the center of Navarra and up to 20 centimeters in the Pyrenees, a situation that can be extended to Sunday.

For this reason, the Government of Navarra has activated a preventive device that will mobilize troops progressively in the next few hours, until reaching 84 snowplows on Sunday morning.

Sunday forecast

The Sunday in the CAV it will dawn with the elevation at 500-400 meters (It could drop more in a timely manner), but it will rise to 600-800 in the afternoon and 1100 by the end of the day.

Rainfall will again be very abundant and persistent on the Cantabrian slope and during the first half of Sunday it may occur hail storms. For that day, thicknesses of between 20 and 40 centimeters are expected at 1,000 meters and between 5 and 20 to 600.

The Department of Security will also activate a yellow warning for rains tomorrow Saturday since in the Cantabrian slope could accumulate between 60 and 80 liters per square meter in 24 hours. There will be very abundant and persistent rains, with the possibility of storms and hail.

On the other hand, the A-15 will close this Saturday at noon in both directions, from the Andoain junction to the Berastegi junction, in the Gipuzkoan section, due to the risk of snowfall.

Ports with restrictions

With regard to the road network, the Traffic Directorate has warned that there are three Basque ports where it is necessary to circular with chains due to snow: Opakua, Azazeta, Herrera and Orduña.

For more updated weather information, you can consult it at any time at, as well as send your photos.


Bilbao Christmas activities canceled

Bilbao has suspended the Christmas activities planned for Sunday and Monday in the surroundings of the Arenal and Ripa Pier, in anticipation of heavy rains. The measure will affect the synthetic ice rink and slide, as well as the children’s tent with programming for the little ones, as explained by the Bilbao City Council.

On the other hand, the Consistory has recommended that citizens follow the usual preventive measures such as avoiding road trips, not parking in areas that could be flooded, not going through flooded sidewalks or roads and “be very careful with possible landslides on slopes “, especially in transit areas.

School sports suspended in Álava

The Provincial Council of Álava has decided to suspend school sports, both transport and activities, “due to the risk of snow” announced for this weekend.

The bad weather forecast has also led the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council to activate phase 1 of the Snowfall Plan so as to “use its own and external means” to be able to deal with the possible effects of snow both on the priority routes by road and on pedestrians “.


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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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