Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — A persistent blizzard that blanketed large parts of Spain with an unusual amount of snow on Saturday has killed at least four people and trapped thousands in cars or at train stations and airports that suspended all services.

The national weather agency reported that as of 7 a.m. on Saturday, the snowfall in Madrid reached a level unseen in half a century.

More than 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow fell in the Spanish capital  

Authorities in Madrid called in the military to rescue people from vehicles trapped on everything from small roads to the city's major thoroughfares.

The Spanish government is working to ensure the country's Monday shipment of COVID-19 vaccines can be distributed.

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