A BOUT of heavy snow in northern Spain left at least 220 motorists trapped on the roads and hundreds of schoolchildren unable to go to lessons.
Heavy snow and freezing temperatures crippled links between Cantabria and Meseta with cars stuck overnight in subzero temperatures.
In Cantabria a branch of the armed forces for disaster relief (UME) and the Guardia Civil reportedly rescued 220 people from their cars and cleared roads.
The cold snap has raised weather alerts for 20 provinces and train network Renfe cancelled services between Asturias and Leon as well as interruptions in Girona.
While the orange alert for winds up to 90 km/h has been raised for eight provinces, Malaga is on yellow alert.