This year’s Three Kings Day celebrations have already been canceled due to COVID-19, which may be a blessing as much of Spain sees sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Calling the approaching cold weather “Storm Filomena,” Spain’s national weather agency AEMET predicts that much of the country will be under heavy snow by Thursday. In the center of the country, AEMET predicts as much as 20 centimeters of the white stuff.
Here in Alcoy, we are set to get a mixture of rain and snow. Higher elevations around the city will almost certainly see snow.
Filomena will also bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to Andalucia and the Canary Islands, with up to 30 to 40 liters per square meter expected to fall in some parts of both regions in just an hour.
The weeklong weather phenomenon will see temperatures drop to -10 C in northern and central Spain and heavy snowfall at abnormally low altitudes.
— AEMET (@AEMET_Esp) January 6, 2021
When speaking about the storm, AEMET spokesperson Rubén de Campo said:
“We’re facing one of the longest and biggest snowfalls in Spain in recent years.”
While the snow may disrupt many parts of the country, regional governments are hoping that it will help curtail the spread of COVID-19 as people stay home.