The snow has already made an appearance in Lugo. / EUROPA PRESS

Storm Arwen puts half of Spain on alert for risk of snow, rain, wind or high waves

This Sunday some 31 provinces will be on yellow, amber or red weather warnings – including two in Andalucía


Half of Spain - some 31 provinces - will be on alert for bad weather this Sunday, 28 November, due to the risk of snow, rain, wind or rough seas according to the national forecast from Aemet.

There will also be a widespread drop in temperatures, according to the State meteorological agency and Malaga province will be affected by this general trend. Aemet is forecasting frosts in the Ronda and Antequera areas, where the thermometer is expected to drop below 0 degrees and only reach a daytime maximum of eight or nine degrees at the most. The highest values will be in Marbella, where a minimum of 8 degrees and a maximum of 17 are expected.

Andalucía’s Almería and Granada provinces will have yellow warnings in place due to wind and rough seas.

Across Spain there will be a total of 31 provinces, plus the autonomous city of Melilla, at extreme risk (red), important risk (amber) and risk (yellow warning) alert levels due to snow, rain, wind, high waves, and low minimum temperatures, due to storm Arwen, according to the State weather agency.

Red alerts

Specifically, there are red weather warnings for snowfall in Cantabria, Álava and Navarra, where up to 25 centimetres of snow could accumulate throughout the day above an altitude of 600-800 metres. To a lesser extent, the snow will affect Huesca and Zaragoza at an amber alert level, with up to 20 centimetres in 24 hours above 1,000 metres; the Asturias with snowfalls of 25 centimetres above 700 metres; La Rioja with accumulations of 30 centimetres above 500 metres. Likewise, Lérida will be on an amber warning for snow due to accumulations of 20 centimetres from 6pm, as in Burgos, León, Palencia and Soria, where up to 37 centimetres of snow will accumulate. On a yellow alert are Lugo, Orense and Castellón with around ten centimetres of snow.

Rough seas will put Gerona on an amber warning with waves up to four metres high expected. Andalucia’s Almería and Granada provinces, during the afternoon, will have a yellow warning for this phenomenon along with winds gusting to gale force 7. In addition, Melilla, Alicante and Castellón will also have a yellow warning for rough seas and force 7 winds.

High waves and wind

The Asturias will also be on a yellow warning due strong winds and high waves of up to five metres. The situation will be similar in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, with winds from the west and northwest of force 7 that will create three-metre-high waves. The same is expected in Cantabria, La Coruña, Lugo, Pontevedra, Murcia, Guipúzcoa and Vizcaya too.

The winds will be strong in Granada, Almería, Huesca, Barcelona, Gerona, Lleida, Tarragona, Alicante, Castellón and Valencia, which will be on yellow warnings, this Sunday, due to gusts that may reach 80 km/h.

More rain

Heavy rain will make an appearance in the Asturias, Cantabria, Navarra, Guipúzcoa and Vizcaya, which will have a yellow warning with accumulated rainfall of up to 40mm in twelve hours being forecast.

Huesca will have minimum temperatures of around minus six degrees, so the province will have a yellow warning in place for the cold.