BBC Weather: Freak blizzard unleashes 50cm snow in Europe as -10C freeze looms

BBC Weather: Storm Filomena to bring more snow across Europe

Storm Filomenia is set to unleash temperatures as low as -10C across European capitals, after dumping more than 50cm of snow in Spain. Madrid issued red alert for the first time in its history, after a rare blizzard battered the Spanish capital. BBC meteorologist Helen Willetts said that Storm Filomena has brought “exceptional snowfall amounts not seen since the 1970s”.

She said: “We still have red warnings out initially on Sunday in central Spain for the snow.

“The focus for Storm Filomena is heading towards the Mediterranean, further eastwards.

“So, there could be potentially disruptive snowfall in Romania, Bulgaria, and much of the Balkans.

“Around coastal areas, we will see some very intense rainfall and more flash flooding.”

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Ms Willets added: “We have cold air plunging southwards across the Low Countries to bring the risk of heavy snowfall through into Tuesday, across the Alps then as it moves southwards.

“We have cold air digging its way into Scandinavia and the western side of Russia.”

Temperatures will plunge by more than 10C across Europe by next weekend, with the mercury dropping to as low as -10C in Warsaw.

Storm Filomena’s devastation in Spain has left at least four people dead. 

BBC Weather: Europe set for heavy snow

The country’s AEMET weather agency said the snowfall was “exceptional and most likely historic”.

Rubén del Campo,, a spokesman for AEMET, said: “We’re talking about an exceptional snowfall; you’d probably have to look back to the 1970s for snowfall of a similar magnitude in and around the capital.”

He added that Storm Filomena would drift out across the Mediterranean on Sunday, unleashing a wider cold front  and temperatures as low as -10C.

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Carlos Novillo, head of the Madrid emergency agency, confirmed that more than 1,000 vehicles had become trapped, mostly on the city’s main motorway, adding: “The situation remains of high risk.

“This is a very complex phenomenon and a critical situation. We ask all those who remain trapped to be patient, we will get to you.”

The military had been drafted in to rescue people trapped in their vehicles. 

Interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said the country was facing “the most intense storm in the last 50 years”.

The Madrid Barajas airport has closed and all trains to and from the capital have been cancelled.

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