Schools and courts closed, sidewalks transformed into ice rinks: Madrid, and part of Spain, were paralyzed this Monday, two days after the passage of a historic snowfall.
Caught off guard by the magnitude of this unprecedented snowfall, which on Saturday and Sunday gave the appearance of a ski resort to one of Europe’s largest cities, authorities had not yet cleared entire districts of Madrid.
Short of salt and with very little snowplows, they concentrated on the main shafts, gradually cleared.
A cruel lack of salt
And they feared especially now the dangers of frost when an unprecedented cold snap hit Madrid and the center of the country with lows of -11 ° on Monday and -13 ° expected on Tuesday.
The Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, for his part, assured that the continuation of the vaccination campaign was not compromised.
To clear the streets, the Community of Madrid has distributed 277 tons of salt to the different municipalities in the area and should receive about … 3,500 more tons that will be transported in the coming days from a region in the east of the region. Spain.
Residents are urged to stay home
Schools, from kindergartens to universities, will be closed there on Mondays and Tuesdays, as will courts, museums, cultural centers and libraries that will keep their doors closed until Wednesday.
Authorities are increasing calls to stay home more than ever – amid the pandemic – so as not to create problems on the roads and compromise access to hospitals and supply to stores.
A total of 138 routes throughout the country remained cut on Monday and many long-distance train lines remained without operating on Monday morning between Madrid and cities such as Barcelona, Zaragoza or Salamanca.
On the other hand, at the Madrid-Barajas airport, which remains closed for most of the weekend, activity has gradually resumed.