March 8th 2010
Tourists heading to Barcelona that week found the usually reliable Catalan sunshine had gone into hibernation after it was hit by some of the worst snowfall the region has seen in 25 years. The city’s popular tourist landmarks including Gaudí’s famous La Sagrada Familia have been blanketed in a layer of snow.
Snowfalls of up to 50 centimetres (20 inches) were forecast for the worst affected areas of the region of Catalonia, prompting the regional government to cancel classes for more than 142,000 students at 476 public schools. Thousands of commuters were left scrambling for an alternative way to get home after the blizzard forced the suspension of bus services in Barcelona and the closure of five suburban train lines in the Mediterranean port city. Barcelona city hall ordered the metro system to stay open all night to help people move around the city.
Yet… don’t panic, that was exceptional, Barcelona hardly sees any snow at all.
Weather forecast for the next 8 days -in Catalan only. This is provided by the Catalan Weather Service and it’s the most accurate forecast there is for this region.
The audio is in Catalan yet we thought it was interesting nonetheless to illustrate this event.
Video: © Barcelona.cat