THE Balearics has been shivering from the effects of a freezing storm which blew across the north and northeast of the country on Sunday and has since collided with an anticyclone in the Atlantic. The results could mean unstable weather until the weekend, the National Weather Agency (AEMET) warned yesterday.

Regional AEMET spokesman Angel Rivera said that icy temperatures would mean that the snow line would descend “significantly” leading to blizzard conditions at between 400 and 600 metres above sea level on the northern mainland and at 800 metres in the Balearic Islands.

Freezing conditions are expected to continue tomorrow but the cold spell will gradually be moving away from the country pushed out by another weather front moving in from the West. Strong northerly winds will then give way to softer ones from the south and southeast and temperatures are expected to rise.

Skies will become cloudier and light showers and drizzle may be widespread. “There's no chance of clear skies,” this week, Rivera said, adding that even though it is now the beginning of March, it was impossible to discount more wintry spells such as this one.

Rivera said that the sharp change of temperature from last Saturday into Sunday was “within the levels of brusque change” experienced over the last few years.