PHOTOS: Madrid, Spain blasted by historic snowfall, biggest in decades

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PHOTOS: Madrid, Spain blasted by historic snowfall, biggest in decades
PHOTOS: Madrid, Spain blasted by historic snowfall, biggest in decades
PHOTOS: Madrid, Spain blasted by historic snowfall, biggest in decades

Storm Filomena continues to batter Spain with heavy snowfall, with Madrid receiving the biggest accumulations in decades, according to local experts.

While the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) indicated it was the biggest snowfall in Madrid since 1971, José Miguel Viñas, a meteorologist from Spanish National Radio, said 25-50 cm fell in Madrid -- the largest snowfall since 1963.

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More than 650 roads were blocked by snow, which left some drivers trapped in their cars from Friday night until Saturday. Rescue services have reached 1,500 people stuck in cars.

As a result of the storm, at least three people have been killed, schools have been shut down until Wednesday and Madrid's Barajas aiport remains closed.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Spain's interior minister, warned residents to avoid non-essential travel. "We are facing the most intense storm in the last 50 years," he said.

Aena, which controls the country's airports, said at least 50 flights to Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife and Ceuta -- a Spanish territory in North Africa -- were cancelled.

Madrid and four other regions were placed on red alert Saturday as additional heavy snowfalls were forecast, according to Aemet.

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Here are a selection of visuals from the significant snowfall in Madrid.

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Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo
Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo

Photo: Mario Picazo.

Madrid, Spain snowfall/Mario Picazo
Madrid, Spain snowfall/Mario Picazo

Photo: Mario Picazo.

Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo
Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo

Photo: Mario Picazo.

Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo
Madrid, Spain snow/Mario Picazo

Photo: Mario Picazo.

Thumbnail courtesy of Mario Picazo.

With files from Reuters.