(MADRID, Spain.) JUST IN: #StormFilomena a persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars, train stations and airports #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.09: #StormFilomena caused travel chaos across the country with national troops being mobilised to rescue trapped motorists: Rescue services have reached 1,500 people trapped in cars, but there may still be others:

Spanish snow #StormFilomena kills four, traps thousands in cars and airports

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Emergency workers rescue people in cars trapped under heavy snow.

Thousands are trapped in cars during a blizzard in Spain.(AP: Manu Fernandez)

Skiers glided down Gran Via, normally one of the busiest streets in the capital city of Madrid, while other residents took advantage of the freak blizzard to snowboard down the road:

People ski past La Puerta de Alcala during a heavy snowfall in downtown Madrid.People ski past La Puerta de Alcala during a heavy snowfall in downtown Madrid.(AP: Andrea Comas)

A man and woman who were travelling in a car drowned after a river burst its banks near the city of Malaga, in southern Spain, and a homeless person froze to death in the eastern city of Calatayud, authorities said: Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska urged Spaniards to avoid all but essential travel.

‘ The State Meteorological Agency said it was the heaviest snowfall in Madrid since 1971 ‘

More than 650 roads were blocked by snow, leaving some drivers stuck in their cars overnight: Spanish resident Patricia Manzanares was trapped in her car on the M-40 motorway in Madrid since 7:00pm on Friday local time: “I have been stuck here without water or any other help”, she told local television RTVE:

A woman tries to remove the snow from her car during a heavy snowfall in downtown Madrid.A woman tries to remove the snow from her car during a heavy snowfall in downtown Madrid.(AP: Andrea Comas)

Schools and universities are closed until Wednesday, Madrid regional authorities said: At least 50 flights to Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife and Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North Africa, were cancelled:

Atletico Madrid’s game against Athletic Bilbao which was scheduled for Saturday was postponed, La Liga said in a statement: Madrid and four other regions are on red alert as more heavy snowfalls are predicted, according to the State Meteorological Agency.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Jan.09: 2021:

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