Over the weekend, Spain was hit by Storm Filomena, which covered the country with a snowfall that had not been seen for decades.

Most of the country was hit by the blizzard, but its heaviest effects were seen in the capital Madrid – the city received around 25 to 50 centimeters of snow, something that has not happened since the 1970s, according to Spanish newspapers.

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Many Madrid residents went out to enjoy the unusual event in different parts of the city, such as the famous Plaza Mayor square and Gran Vía, normally one of the busiest streets in the capital.

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Naturally, this extreme and unexpected weather has caused additional damage and strain on the city, which continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country had been on alert since Thursday, but the blizzard turned out to be much harder than anticipated.

The Spanish authorities encouraged everyone to stay indoors as the cold weather is expected to continue for a few more days. For now, Madrid remains virtually isolated, as its roads have closed and its airport, Madrid-Barajas, remains partially closed.

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