Weather surprise in Spain: the cold and snow return after the weekend

The snow would make an appearance during the San José bridge in different parts of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

Low pressure from the east prevailing over the anticyclone.

The month of March usually has a variable character that can make temperatures change radically in a very short time. Predictions suggest that one of these turns in the weather situation could take place, one of its classics “marched”, after this weekend.

José Antonio Maldonado, an expert at Meteored (, defines this curious word, which is not included in any dictionary, like the sudden temperature changes that usually happen in the month of Marchand which is used in numerous popular proverbs: “March, marches: cold air and hailstorms”; “March, marker, it rains in the afternoon and it’s sunny in the morning”; “March March, worse than his father February.”

“In order for this irruption in the Peninsula of a frigid air mass from high latitudes across the Continent, with the mentioned drastic change of weather in Spain, we will have to wait a week. At the moment, maximums of more than 20 ºC are going to be reached in the Mediterranean regions and in the rest of the south of the Peninsula and not so high, but relatively mild, in much of the northern half, ”he writes.

“During the weekend, night frosts will be recorded in the mountain ranges and in different areas of the interior of the peninsula.and sunny days will alternate in all regions with others in which the passage of some front with little activity will produce rainfall, generally weak, in the northern half, mainly on the Cantabrian slope. There on occasions, without going any further today, strong winds will blow from the west that will also affect the maritime areas”, he concludes.

A cold father’s day

during the next weekprior to the arrival of spring and coinciding with the San José bridge, could affect us a major inrush of cold airespecially from Thursday, the 18th.

Due to the marked undulation of the polar jet, will appear in the British Isles intense anticyclonewhile in the area Eastern Europe will cause a storm. This situation will propitiate, on the 16th and 17th, a northerly component wind corridor that will later reorient itself to the northeast, channeling a mass of cold air present in Central Europe to the Iberian Peninsula.

According to Francisco Martín, meteorologist at Meteored, both the rainfall and the winds in the peninsular area and the Balearic archipelago could be influenced by two secondary low pressure centers, which will be key during the next week.

One of these storms, located in the Gulf of Genoa, will condition the rainfall in the northeastern part of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. The other could trigger a rising storm in the rest of the peninsular Mediterranean slope, with a relatively low snow level.

Snowfall like in January?

After the great storm Filomena there are doubts as to whether an episode of this level could be repeated. However, it is unlikely that it will snow again with such intensity. Martín offers some keys to understand why this phenomenon will not be repeated.

The entry of cold air that is expected next week is not loaded with subtropical humidity like the Filomena storm. In addition, this was associated with a deepening process and with a very active warm front that generated historical snowfalls, while now there is only a corridor of cold air that could cause snowfall in some mid and high points, as well as in some coastal areas of the northeast and southeast.

The position of the jet streams that took sides in Filomena generated ascents that strengthened precipitation and snowfall. The same will not happen in March.

Will it snow in Madrid? With the data we currently have, seems unlikely. Although not impossible. With a medium-term forecast, it is easier to predict the general influx of cold air than snowfall at specific points. The Filomena storm and this weather situation have nothing to do with it.

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