Cantonigròs registers thicknesses of up to 20 centimeters of snow and in Begur the waves reach 9 meters
The snowfall has caused numerous incidents on the roads, especially on the C-17 and the Bracons tunnel
The weather forecast announced for this Tuesday snowfall at any point in Catalonia, with intensity in the regions of the Garrotxa, Ripollès, La Selva, Osona and Vallès Oriental. And so it has been. The snow has fallen hard low levels (600 meters in Tona or Montserrat) and has left thick 20 centimeters in Cantonigròs (Osona), of 10 in Camprodon (Ripollès) and 7 in Muntanyola and Viladrau (also in Osona), according to data from the Servei de Meteorologia de Catalunya.
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The snowfall has caused this Tuesday numerous incidents and road closures. By mid-afternoon there were five roads closed and another ten roads that required the use of chains or contact wheels, according to the Servei Català del Trànsit. The most controversial points of the day have been the bracons tunnelon the C-37, which has been closed for two hours, and the C-17 between Vic and Centelleswhere the snow and ice have been added to an accident between two trucks in Tona that has forced the road to be temporarily closed.
In the middle of the afternoon, the roads that are blocked are the BV-4024 at the height of Guardiola de Berguedá; the BV-4031, between Castellar de n’Hug and Tosses; the GIV-5201, also at the height of Tosses; the GIV-5411, between Sant Hilari Sacalm and Arbúcies, and the GIV-5201, between Arbúcies and Viladrau.
The tracks where chains or contact wheels are necessary are the C-17, near Seva and Ripoll; the C-25, between Sant Julià de Vilatorta and Calldetenes; the C-38 at the height of Sant Joan de les Abadesses; the BV-5114, between Fogars de Montclús and Montseny, and the C-153, between Vall de Bianya and Sant Pau de Segúries.
The sea storm has been the worst since the ‘Gloria’ storm, according to the Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya
Gusts of 90 km/h
If the snow has disturbed the roads, the vwind and waves have left no beaches much of the Catalan coast. “We had not had such a harsh sea storm since the ‘Gloria'”, they have stressed from the Servei de Meteorologia. The gusts of wind have reached a maximum of 90 kilometers per hour in Portbou (Alt Empordà), while gusts of more than 64 kilometers per hour have been measured at the mouth of the port of Barcelona, and 60 at the Fabra Observatory. In Begur (Baix Empordà) have registered waves of 9 meters. In Badalona the sea storm has removed some buildings from the beach. These are the old bathhouses of the Canyadó stream, the spillway of the Llevant collector, the Bétulo Club or the Donzella de la Costa. In addition, the Barca Maria beach has run out of sand and this has forced the closure of access to the promenade on this stretch of coastline.
In Barcelona, access to the promenade from the Plaza del Mar to the Hotel W has been cut off. The City Council’s Parks and Gardens service has closed the city’s parks due to strong gusts of wind. And in the Ebre, the rough sea has once again flooded the Trabucador bar in the Ebro Delta.
The good news has been rainy: It had been months since Catalonia had received such a large amount of rainwater in a single day, between 30 and 70 liters of water per square meter until 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday, which is a slight relief for the serious drought situation of the Catalan swamps, which before this storm were at 29% of their capacity.
The meteorological station located in Puig Sesolles, in Montseny, is the one that has collected the largest amount of water until early this afternoon, with 67.8 liters per square meter, while more than 32 have fallen in the Boadella reservoir. liters.
In Catalonia as a whole, the 112 emergency telephone number had received 327 calls for 185 storm-related incidents until 6:00 p.m. The majority of calls have been from Barcelonès (70), Vallès Occidental (63), Osona (45) and Maresme (27). For their part, the Firefighters have responded to a hundred calls throughout the day.
More snow, wind and rain
For this Wednesday, Civil Protection maintains alert for snow, wind, waves and accumulation of rain and has asked the population to reduce displacements to the maximum in the affected areas and to have the vehicle prepared with chains. The forecast is that keep snowing until noonespecially in the Girona region, where the altitude will be around 700 meters.
In it Ripolles, the County Council has decided suspend this Wednesday the school transport throughout the region, with the exception of the Ripoll urban services and the Campdevànol-Ripoll section of line R11. The agency has informed all affected families via SMS.
The rainy they will be fattened in the provinces of Girona and Tarragona, where up to more than 100 mm (liters per cubic meter) can accumulate in 24 hours. The counties with a high danger warning are Baix Ebre and Montsià.