- Mallorca is covered with snow and officials issued a red alert for the second day as a further 15 inches expected
- Storm Juliette hit Mallorca, known for its sun-drenched beaches, on Sunday and has since brought blizzards
Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
Mallorca Spain has been gripped by a winter storm that is wreaking havoc, with 20 inches of snow shutting roads and cutting power in dozens of towns.
The Spanish holiday island is covered with snow today and officials issued a rare red alert warning for the second day in a row as a further 15 inches is expected to fall in the next 24 hours.
Storm Juliette hit Mallorca, known for its sun-drenched beaches, on Sunday and has since brought blizzards and cold weather to the Balearic island.
Spain‘s meteorological agency AEMET warned the coastal regions in northern Mallorca will be hit with 55mph winds and 26ft waves.
AEMET issued a red warning for snow today and warned 15 inches will fall in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the north of the island within 24 hours.
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The meteorological experts had predicted 16 inches of snow would fall by early this morning, but more than 20 inches blanketed the town of Valldemossa where temperatures have plummeted to -2C (28.4 Fahrenheit).
The snowstorm has also led to power cuts in dozens of towns including Valldemossa, Alaró, Vilafranca, and Port d’Alcúdia.
The 20 inches of snow has also forced the closure of up to 15 roads in the Serra de Tramuntana region.
The AEMET has also issued an amber warning for rainfall, with 100mm expected in the Serra de Tramuntana range.
In the past eight hours the highest accumulated precipitation – 128.4mm – has been recorded in Pollença, a town in northern Mallorca.
In the rest of the island, orange and yellow warnings have been activated for winds of more than 70km/hr and precipitation that could exceed three inches in some areas.
Snow has also covered parts of Ibiza and it has an active yellow warning for 13ft waves today.
And in neighboring Menorca, there are active orange warnings for 90km/hr winds which have left the island cut off by the sea following the closure of port Maó.