Mallorca is hit by TWENTY INCHES of snow and 25ft waves, with a dozen towns left without power and weather red alert warnings issued as Storm Juliette brings Balearic blizzards
- Mallorca is covered with snow and officials issued red alert for second day
- Storm Juliette hit Mallorca, known for its sun-drenched beaches, on Sunday
Mallorca has been gripped by a winter storm that is wreaking havoc, with 20 inches of snow shutting roads and cutting power in dozens of towns.
The Spanish holiday island is covered with snow today and officials issued a rare red alert warning for the second day in a row as a further 15 inches is expected to fall in the next 24 hours.
Storm Juliette hit Mallorca, known for its sun-drenched beaches, on Sunday and has since brought blizzards and cold weather to the Balearic island.
Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET warned the coastal regions in northern Mallorca will be hit with 90 km per hour winds and 26ft waves.
AEMET issued a red warning for snow today and warned 15 inches will fall in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the north of the island within 24 hours.
Storm Juliette hit Mallorca – known for its sun-drenched beaches – on Sunday and has since then brought rare blizzards and cold weather to the Balearic island
Mallorca has been gripped by a winter storm that is wreaking havoc on the Spanish holiday island, with 20 inches of snow shutting down roads and cutting off power. Pictured: Town of Valldemossa covered in snow
Two people walk down a snow-covered street in the mountain village of Valldemossa during a heavy snow-fall, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca on Monday
A woman walks down a snowy street in Valldemossa on February 27
AEMET issued a red warning for snow today and warned that 15 inches of snow will fall in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the north of the island within 24 hours
The meteorological experts had predicted 16 inches of snow would fall by early this morning, but more than 20 inches blanketed the town of Valldemossa where temperatures have plummeted to -2C (28.4 Fahrenheit).
The snow storm has also led to power cuts in dozens of towns including Valldemossa, Alaró, Vilafranca and Port d’Alcúdia.
The 20 inches of snow has also forced the closure of up to 15 roads in the Serra de Tramuntana region.
The AEMET has also issued an amber warning for rainfall, with 100mm expected in the Serra de Tramuntana range.
In the past eight hours the highest accumulated precipitation – 128.4mm – has been recorded in Pollença, a town in northern Mallorca.
In the rest of the island, orange and yellow warnings have been activated for winds of more than 70km/hr and precipitation that could exceed three inches in some areas.
Snow has also covered parts of Ibiza and it has an active yellow warning for 13ft waves today.
And in neighbouring Menorca, there are active orange warnings for 90km/hr winds which have left the island cut off by the sea following the closure of port Maó.
A van stops after skidding on a snow-covered road close to the mountain village of Valldemossa
A person walks close to the Cartoixa de Valldemossa palace in Valldemossa
Storm Juliette also hit Spain on Monday, leaving some regions completely white as heavy snowfalls beat across the country.
The storm is expected to cause low temperatures and strong cold winds across the country and Balearic Islands until Thursday, AEMET said on Monday.
Elsewhere in Europe, hundreds of people in Croatia were stuck in their cars on Monday after a snowstorm halted traffic and cut off parts of the country.
The sudden change in the weather over the weekend after a period of warm and balmy days also snarled up traffic in neighbouring Serbia and Bosnia.
The weather left areas in western Serbia without power and cutting railway traffic to neighbouring Montenegro.
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