Snow in Madrid

January 24, 2021

snow in Madrid

Does it snow in Madrid? Unlike in the north of Spain, snow is quite an unusual sight in Madrid. Winters here are dry and cold. A few snowflakes may fall here and there every year but it's not often that we get to see winter wonderland in the capital of Spain. 

However, storm Filomena brought us the heaviest snowfall in 50 years to start 2021. After more than 24 hours of non-stop snow, the streets were completely covered. Snow reached a height of about 40 cm (15 inches). Cars were blocked and hunderds of people spent the night in their cars, rows of buses were abandoned in the middle of the street, trees fell covering roads, supermarket shelves were empty because they couldn't stock up and even the airport and schools had to close. 

The sights were unbelievable. Streets looked like sets for an apocalyptic movie. We had thought we had seen everything in 2020 but we were wrong. 

Two weeks later, there are still mountains of snow and branches on the side of streets and roads.

Despite the chaos, this unusal phenomenon was something Madrileños had to enjoy. Most of us had never seen so much snow outside the mountains. So the day after the blizzard the streets were full of people. Some of them saw this as a chance to take their ski equipment out to get around. There was even a massive snowball fight in Madrid's most famous street: Gran Via.  

I myself couldn't miss this chance to take some unique photos to remember the epic snowstorm so I grabbed my camera and ventured out to take some photos of snow in Madrid. At the end of the day, we don't know if we'll ever get to see Madrid turned into a snow globe again. 

snow Madrid

snow Madrid
snowman Madrid

snow Madrid
Snow Madrid

snow Madrid

Snow Madrid

Gran Via, Madrid

Gran Vía


Puerta de Alcalá

Puerta Alcala

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