Spanish emergency services have rescued at least 220 people trapped by snow on roads in northern Spain. Hundreds of cars were stuck for up to 17 hours overnight on roads between Cantabria and the province of Palencia. Local media report temperatures of -15C (5F) and up 40cm (1.3ft) of snow. Around 100 British expats and tourists were among those trapped. Spanish police rescued several stranded in their vehicles shortly after arrival in Santander by ferry from Portsmouth.
Many had come to Spain hoping for a warm-weather holiday, but ended up having to spend the night in the sports hall of a local school and the dining room of a hotel.
The country is in the middle of a cold spell that is expected to worsen over the next three days, with cold weather alerts issued for 20 provinces.MORE:
Strong winds and widespread snow forecast in northern and eastern Spain. Aemet, the Spanish State meteorological agency, has issued a special cold weather warning for the period from Wednesday 4th February to Tuesday 10th February as the country braces itself for the coldest weather in three years.THIS IS JUST MORE PROOF THAT AGW IS TOTAL EFFIN' BS.
IF "2014 WAS THE WARMEST YEAR EVEAH!" THEN BRIAN WILLIAMS CANNOT TELL A LIE.