The Aemet has activated this Monday the orange alert (extreme risk) due to snowfall in points of the communities of

Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha and La Rioja

that will leave a thickness of up to 20 centimeters in 24 hours, and the yellow alert, also due to snow , in

Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León and the Community of Madrid.

The reason is the arrival of a cold air mass from high latitudes, plus the formation of a Dana, which will evolve rapidly towards a cold storm, and will leave a cold environment, intense rains and heavy snowfalls in large areas during this week. of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

This is the

first winter storm,

with snowfall below 800 meters that could reach the surroundings of the city of Madrid on Monday night and Tuesday morning, although in this case it would not be very copious, as reported the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

Snow precipitations are forecast at relatively low levels in large areas of the Peninsula, intense and persistent precipitations in the north and northeast quadrant of the peninsula, as well as a sharp drop in temperatures.

Thus, it is very likely that there will be heavy rains, especially in the northeast of the peninsula, and heavy snowfalls not only in mountain areas, but also at relatively low elevations below 1,000 meters.

This weather will probably continue for a good part of the week, as it

is possible that a new storm will arrive on Thursday

.

The Canary Islands are, for the moment, out of this situation, but as of Thursday instability will also increase in the archipelago, with possible heavy rains, especially in the western islands.

The worst forecasts, on Tuesday

On Tuesday the cold storm will already have formed, whose center will be located in the east of the Peninsula and will probably be the most adverse day.

Within this winter situation, copious snowfalls will continue in the Cantabrian Mountains, Sistema, Iberico and Pyrenees, as well as in a weaker way in flat areas of the plateau.

These snowfalls will continue on Tuesday morning and throughout the day the snow level will rise somewhat, which will oscillate between 800 and 1,200 meters, depending on the areas.

On the other hand,

on Tuesday we will also have to pay attention to the rains

, which can be strong, persistent and occasionally accompanied by storms in the

north of the Valencian Community, in Catalonia, in the Balearic Islands and in the surroundings of the Ebro basin

.

In these areas, twenty liters per square meter could accumulate in one hour and between forty and eighty liters per square meter in twelve hours. Even in the south of Catalonia, the rains could be very heavy, accumulating fifty liters per square meter in just one hour and one hundred and twenty liters per square meter in twelve hours. This supposes the activation of the warning of the orange level by important meteorological risk in the province of Tarragona.

In addition, this Tuesday we will have to take into account

the wind that will blow with strong gusts

in large areas of the Peninsula, even very strong gusts exceeding eighty kilometers per hour on the Catalan Mediterranean coast.

Temperatures will continue to drop, so it will be a fully winter day with frosts in mountain areas and in the center of the peninsula.

Precipitation in the Valencian Community and emergency plans in Catalonia

In the Valencian Community, DANA has already left this Monday rainfall that has reached 18 meters per square meter. According to data from the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation and Meteoclimatic, since 12 hours the alert for heavy rains came into force, 18.2 liters per square meter have been recorded in Vall de Laguar, in the province of Alicante, 11.2 liters in Enguera, in the province of Valencia, and 11 liters in the city of Alicante, although if we take the last 24 hours as a reference there are records of 42 liters per square meter in Almàssera, in the province of Valencia, and 24.5 liters in the city of Castellón.

In Catalonia, Civil Protection of the Generalitat has activated the emergency plans for rains and strong winds, Inuncat and Vencat, due to the isolated depression at high levels (DANA) that will be noticed with greater intensity this Tuesday.

The Meteorological Service of Catalonia (Meteocat) has issued warnings for rough seas, strong wind and accumulation and intensity of rain

, which can locally reach 240 liters per square meter in 24 hours, especially in southern Catalonia.

At the local level, DANA can leave up to 20 liters per square meter in an interval of half an hour, accompanied in some cases by a storm.

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