Jan. 9 (UPI) — A winter storm descended on the Iberian Peninsula dumping a foot and a half of snow in some areas and killing no less than three individuals by Saturday, Spanish officers stated.

The storm, dubbed Storm Filomena, dropped greater than 19 inches of snow in Madrid, a determine not seen within the capital metropolis since 1971, Spain’s Aemet meteorological workplace stated.

The snow accumulation prompted autos to develop into stranded on highways and compelled the closure of prepare companies and the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport. Some 160 departures and arrivals — about 95% of all flights — had been canceled Saturday, in line with FlightAware.

“The scenario is severe and we won’t ignore it,” Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos stated.

“I need to stress the necessity for individuals to remain at house and observe the steerage from the authorities. When the storm abates, we’ll be dealing with an intense chilly entrance, which is able to carry very low temperatures that may imply we’ll must cope with ice. We’ll be getting right into a scenario which may be extra harmful than the one we’re in proper now.”

One man died within the village of Zarzalejo in Madrid after changing into buried in snow, and within the city of Fuengirola, a person and lady drowned after their automobile was swept away by a swollen river, The Guardian reported.

Temperatures had been anticipated to plummet to 10 Fahrenheit within the coming days because the storm strikes out of the area.