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The army was called up to rescue stranded drivers near the snowstorm-ravaged Spanish capital


Drivers in Madrid had to be rescued from their cars today after an unprecedented heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena wreaked havoc across Spain and left thousands of drivers stranded.

The M-30 and M-40 motorways near the Spanish capital were among the 400 roads on which traffic was hit by heavy snowfall.

Madrid City Council urged citizens to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to the unusual snow storm.

Ten regions, including the Spanish capital, were put on alert earlier today, with heavier snowfalls predicted.

Thousands of drivers have been trapped in their cars in the Spanish capital, Madrid, because of unprecedented snowfall

The Spanish Military Emergency Unit deployed 147 soldiers to rescue drivers stranded in the snow

The Spanish Military Emergency Unit deployed 147 soldiers to rescue drivers stranded in the snow

The M-30 and M-40 motorways near the Spanish capital were among the 400 roads hit by heavy snowfall

The M-30 and M-40 motorways near the Spanish capital were among the 400 roads hit by heavy snowfall

Madrid City Council urged citizens to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to the unusual snow storm

Madrid City Council urged citizens to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to the unusual snow storm

The emergency services worked all night to rescue stranded motorists. The heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena left cars and trucks alike hanging on Spanish highways

The emergency services worked all night to rescue stranded motorists. The heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena left cars and trucks alike hanging on Spanish highways

When speaking to Spanish television (RNE) from her car, a woman said, “I drove to my husband's hospital and have been stuck here for three hours. It is a journey that should take 15 minutes. & # 39;

The Spanish military emergency unit, which deployed 147 soldiers to assist stranded drivers, tweeted, saying, "We are continuing to rescue vehicles on the A4, A5, M40 and M607 motorways."

According to the rescue services, around 1,000 trapped drivers were reached in the early hours of the morning.

Carlos Novillo, director of Madrid Emergency, described the situation as critical but added: “We are still working on reaching cars that are trapped on the M40 and M506 motorways.

According to the rescue services, around 1,000 trapped drivers were reached in the early hours of the morning

According to the rescue services, around 1,000 trapped drivers were reached in the early hours of the morning

Carlos Novillo, director of Madrid Emergency, described the situation as critical, but emergency services were still working to rescue people on the A4, A5, M40 and M607

Carlos Novillo, director of Madrid Emergency, described the situation as critical, but emergency services were still working to rescue people on the A4, A5, M40 and M607

Ten regions, including the Spanish capital, were put on alert earlier today, with heavier snowfalls predicted

Ten regions, including the Spanish capital, were put on alert earlier today, with heavier snowfalls predicted

Airport workers at Madrid's Barajas Airport are playing in the snow after flights were interrupted due to heavy snowfall in the Spanish capital

Airport workers at Madrid's Barajas Airport are playing in the snow after flights were interrupted due to heavy snowfall in the Spanish capital

The heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena completely covers this aircraft parked at Madrid's Barajas Airport, which has suspended all flights

The heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena completely covers this aircraft parked at Madrid's Barajas Airport, which has suspended all flights

"We'll reach out to everyone and help them get to safety."

Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos added: "We are in the grip of a historic storm and obviously this is having a huge impact on traffic."

On the A4 in Madrid, the Red Cross set about delivering food packages to truck drivers who were also trapped in their vehicles because of the snow.

Meteorologists had predicted that the snowfall on Friday would reach about 8 inches in temperatures around freezing.

On flights from Madrid's Barajas Airport, people lie on the ground waiting for news about their flights

On flights from Madrid's Barajas Airport, people lie on the ground waiting for news about their flights

Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos added: "We are in the grip of a historic storm and obviously this is having a huge impact on traffic."

Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos added: "We are in the grip of a historic storm and obviously this is having a huge impact on traffic."

Madrid also closed Barajas Airport on Friday night because of the chaotic weather that made flying impossible

Madrid also closed Barajas Airport on Friday night because of the chaotic weather that made flying impossible

Meteorologists had predicted that the snowfall on Friday would reach about 8 inches in temperatures around freezing

Meteorologists had predicted that the snowfall on Friday would reach about 8 inches in temperatures around freezing

It wasn't just cars trying to cross the snow-covered roads in Spain, this row of cars almost entirely covered in a thick blanket of snow

It wasn't just cars trying to cross the snow-covered roads in Spain, this row of cars almost entirely covered in a thick blanket of snow

Madrid also closed Barajas Airport on Friday night because of the chaotic weather that made flying impossible.

At least 50 flights to Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife and Cueta have been canceled due to the closure of the airport.

Aena, which controls all Spanish airports, tweeted: "Due to the snow forecast and for safety reasons, Madrid Barajas Airport will be closed all Saturday."

The airport shutdown came after Real Madrid's team was trapped on a runway for four hours last night before being fired.

Despite the chaos for the drivers, some people in the Spanish capital took the rare opportunity to enjoy the snowfall

Despite the chaos for the drivers, some people in the Spanish capital took the rare opportunity to enjoy the snowfall

Skiers were seen sliding through the Puerta del Sol square in central Madrid while a man was seen with his sled dogs on his way through the capital

Skiers were seen sliding through the Puerta del Sol square in central Madrid while a man was seen with his sled dogs on his way through the capital

Car salesman Javier Talanco (pictured) took his five huskies on a lap in surreal scenes after the historic snowfall left the city and looked more like Reykjavik

Car salesman Javier Talanco (pictured) took his five huskies on a lap in surreal scenes after the historic snowfall left the city and looked more like Reykjavik

In addition to the closure of the airport, Madrid City Council confirmed that all bus services in the capital have been suspended

In addition to the closure of the airport, Madrid City Council confirmed that all bus services in the capital have been suspended

A bulldozer works its way down a street in Madrid, pushing snow out of the way to clear the street

A bulldozer works its way down a street in Madrid, pushing snow out of the way to clear the street

Madrid City Council said that in addition to the closure of Madrid Airport, all high-speed trains between the capital and the southeastern cities of Alicante and Valencia have been suspended.

A record temperature of -35.6 degrees Celsius was measured in Vega de Lourdes in Leon, northern Spain, said the state weather agency (Aemet).

The bus connections within Madrid have also been discontinued for the time being.

Despite the chaos for the drivers, some people in the Spanish capital took the rare opportunity to enjoy the snowfall.

Bullet trains to southeastern cities like Alicante and Valencia had been suspended because of the snow

Bullet trains to southeastern cities like Alicante and Valencia had been suspended because of the snow

Workers in Madrid are working today to plow some of the snow near a subway entrance after it snowed heavily from Storm Filomena

Workers in Madrid are working today to plow some of the snow near a subway entrance after it snowed heavily from Storm Filomena

A couple of brave people decided to go into town and fight the heavy snowfall

A couple of brave people decided to go into town and fight the heavy snowfall

Huge areas of Spain, including Madrid, were covered in a thick layer of snow after Storm Filomena wreaked havoc overnight

Huge areas of Spain, including Madrid, were covered in a thick layer of snow after Storm Filomena wreaked havoc overnight

A puppy is playing in thick snow in Madrid this morning after Storm Filomena attacked the Spanish capital

A puppy is playing in thick snow in Madrid this morning after Storm Filomena attacked the Spanish capital

A woman wrapped in warm clothing braves the heavy snowfall as she walks down a street in Madrid this morning

A woman wrapped in warm clothing braves the heavy snowfall as she walks down a street in Madrid this morning

Skiers were seen sliding through the Puerta del Sol square in central Madrid while a man was seen making his way through the capital with his sled dogs.

Car salesman Javier Talanco did a round of surreal scenes with his five huskies after the historic snowfall left the city and looked more like Reykjavik.

Javier, who practices the dog-driven sport of mushing but usually in the mountains, treated the neighbors' children on his sled after the heaviest snowfall in Madrid in at least 50 years.

Then he said: "There is snow in your blood and as soon as you saw him out the window you got nervous and didn't want to stop playing."

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