Storm Filomena swept across the peninsula on Thursday bringing heavy snow to much central and northern Spain and torrential rain in the south. Andalusia experienced torrential rain with up to 100 litres per square metre recorded in the province of Cadiz while strong winds grounded flights in the Canary Islands. Snow and ice caused problems across much of mainland Spain with 167 roads closed by lunchtime on Thursday as motorists were warned to stay off the roads and those who had to make essential journeys were advised to carry snow chains.
The lowest ever temperature in Spain was recorded in the Picos de Europe in Leon province where the mercury dropped to minus 35.8ºC, (-34 deg F) beating the previous record of -34.1ºC registered in the Pyrenees the day before. In Madrid, the first snowflakes began falling mid-morning with predictions that it would continue over the next few days bringing up to 20cm of snow by Saturday. Madrid mayor warned people to only leave their home if they had to.