Madrid buried in snow as Spain braces for second snowstorm

Four people have been killed by a persistent snowstorm that has blanketed large parts of Spain.

The northern Andalucia region emergency service recovered the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, the first official victims of the storm. Their car was washed away by a flooded river.

Two homeless people also froze to death, one in Madrid and the other in the eastern city of Calatayud, authorities confirmed in what has been the heaviest snowfall on the Iberian peninsula since 1971.

Storm Filomena disrupted traffic, leaving thousands stranded in their cars or at train stations and airports that had suspended all services as the snowfall continued on Saturday.

Ten provinces of central Spain were on their highest level of alert, including the capital, Madrid, where authorities activated the red warning for the first time and called in the military to rescue people from vehicles stranded on the city’s major thoroughfares as well as on the smaller roads.

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