Staff Reporter
THE Arctic cold weather front that is bringing the snow, ice, rain and winds of up to 70km/h continues to play havoc with road and air transport in the Balearic Islands.

One flight had to be cancelled and six others had to be suspended yesterday. The flight that should have left Palma Son Sant Joan Airport at 8am yesterday was cancelled because of the difficulties at Barcelona airport due to the bad weather. The flight was operated by Spanair.

Another six flights were delayed yesterday afternoon by between 20 and 60 minutes, two of them were flying to Barcelona, two to Madrid and the others to Oviedo.

Due to the severe sea conditions the ferry company Baleária yesterday cancelled the majority of its crossings between Denia in Alicante and the Balearic Islands.

The company has also announced that there will be cancellations today as well as changes to their timetables.
The Federico García Lorca 8am ferry that covers the Palma-Ibiza-Denia crossing will be cancelled today, as will the Ibiza-Denia 11am crossing. The 1am Denia-Formentera-Denia crossing by the Bahía de Málaga ferry will also be cancelled today.

One of the main reasons for these cancellations are the strong winds of up to 70 km/h that were registered in northern Alicante yesterday.
The Balearic Islands have once again been included in the weather warnings issued by the Civil Protection and Emergencies agencies, along with twelve other Spanish regions. All of these areas will be affected by snow, winds and freezing temperatures.

The main Spanish regions that are suffering from snow conditions are the Balearic Islands, Galicia, Castilla- León, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and western Andalucia.

The strong Arctic winds are sweeping Castilla-León, Navarre, La Rioja, Aragón, Madrid, Melilla and the Canary Islands.
Furthermore there are five Spanish regions that have been warned of freezing temperatures: Navarre, La Rioja, Aragón, Catalonia and Madrid.
As advised before in the Bulletin this Arctic front will not last long in the islands and it is forecasted that an Atlantic front will arrive today bringing with it warmer daytime temperatures. The forecast for tomorrow is cloudy intervals and rain, with snow above 900-1'000 metres. Night time temperatures will go down slightly, with the risk of frost in the centre of the island.


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