Costa 'Blanca'

Snow has fallen even at sea level leaves shots un­seen on the Costa Blanca for decades

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The Costa was re­ally 'Blanca' on Wed­nes­day as snow fell heav­ily in the Ma­rina Alta and left some spec­tac­u­lar im­ages such as this aerial view of De­nia beach and the Montgó in the back­ground.

CBN Newsdesk team THE COSTA Blanca truly lived up to its name on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day as snow fell through­out the coast and in­land and even set­tled on beaches and other ar­eas where it had not done so in over a cen­tury.

The first flakes fell on Mon­day af­ter­noon, but plum­met­ing tem­per­a­tures and strong winds built up to bliz­zards on Mon­day night and Tues­day morn­ing.

Ma­rina Baja

In the Ma­rina Baja, snow fell in Benidorm, Al­tea, Al­faz and La Nucía. In Fines­trat, and of course the Puig Cam­pana peak, the snow set­tled, as it did on Sierra Ber­nia, Coll de Rates and Con­frides.

Snow fell for a few hours on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in La Nucía - the first time since 1984.

White Wed­nes­day shuts Ma­rina Alta schools and blocks main roads

Although the north­ern Costa Blanca ex­pected a dust­ing of snow on Wed­nes­day, when over 10cm set­tled dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing, it brought chaos to the re­gion as roads, busi­nesses and schools closed for the day.

The AP-7 mo­tor­way toll at Benissa was closed off due to ex­cess snow, an ac­ci­dent caused by a skid­ding car on an ur­ban­i­sa­tion in Orba blocked the en­trance road, and a snow plough had to deal with snow drifts in Al­calalí.

All schools in the Jalón and Orba Val­leys closed for the day, as did all restau­rants on the Sierra Ber­nia, as the higher moun­tain roads be­came treach­er­ous.

School was can­celled on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in Dé­nia, Gata, Pego, El Verger, Orba, Els Poblets and Jávea due to snow.

It is al­most cer­tainly the first time in most pupils' life­times this has hap­pened – snow is seen ev­ery few years in the Ma­rina Alta, al­beit for barely a day, but never enough to close schools in the last 34 years.

The Dé­nia-Calpe bus re­place­ment ser­vice was can­celled un­til 10.45 and the Dé­nia-Jávea road over the Montgó, known as the Car­retera de les Planes, was closed to traf­fic un­til nearly 13.00.

Driv­ing con­di­tions were re­ported as be­ing 'trou­ble­some' on the Jesús Po­bre road.

Res­i­dents on Monte Pego and the neigh­bour­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion in El Rà­fol d'Almú­nia opted to stay in­doors as two inches of snow coated their roads, gar­dens, swimming pools and lemon trees – or to go out­side and build snow­men.

In Els Poblets, the white stuff fell thick and fast at around 09.00, re­ports Heather Crowe, a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the PP in the town hall.

And in the south

While snow did not set­tle on the beaches from Benidorm to Santa Pola, it did in Ori­huela Costa and snow fell along the coast­line from Tor­re­vieja to Pi­lar de la Ho­radada.

Mur­cia re­gion, es­pe­cially in­land, suf­fered heavy snow­fall too.

Help­ing the home­less

Thanks to the warn­ing given by the weather of­fice, sev­eral town halls were able to pre­pare por­ta­ble beds in so­cial cen­tres and sports pavil­lions to shel­ter the home­less.

Calpe used the Pe­dro Pas­tor i Fluixà hall, Benidorm the Llorca Llinares so­cial cen­tre and Al­tea the Cen­tro Cul­tural Ju­ve­nil.

The re­gional 112 emer­gency cen­tre and the Red Cross de­ployed around 200 peo­ple to cater for pos­si­ble ac­ci­dents and those in need.

Elec­tric­ity shock

The price of elec­tric­ity reached a peak of €92 per megawatt/hour on Wed­nes­day evening, a huge in­crease on the €60 it cost in the same week last year.

Photo courtesy of Diario In­for­ma­ción

Photo by An­gel Gar­cía

Snow on palm trees in Pi­nos (Benissa)

Snow in Mo­raira

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