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Thousands stranded by Spain’s heaviest snow in 50 years

Chilling out: People walk and ski at Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles and (below) cars buried by snow PICTURES:GETTY/REX

SPANIARDS cut off by the country’s heaviest snowfall since 1971 were yesterday being sent emergency supplies of Covid-19 vaccine and food by the government.

Four people died as Storm Filomena dumped 11in of snow on Friday. In the Madrid area, 1,500 were rescued from cars and 100 people were trapped in a shopping centre for two days. Meanwhile, flights were suspended and police cordoned off buildings with heavy snow on the roof.

Forecasters have warned temperatures could plummet to minus 10C (14F) this week, increasing the risk of ice and falling trees.

Over the weekend, the capital’s residents took to their skis to enjoy the conditions. But a large snowball fight was broken up by police for fear crowds would spread Covid.