Several roads in the province of Almeria are affected by snow due to the storm that is leaving heavy snowfall on the peninsula and temperatures below minimum, according to Emergencies 112 Andalusia, a service attached to the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Junta.
Five roads are affected in the province of Almería. These are the A-1178 in Serón, between kilometres 9 and 35, in both directions, and the A-1100 in Uleila del Campo, from kilometre 15, which are at black level, according to the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT). The snow is also hindering traffic on the A-391 in Enix, from kilometre 10 to 23 in both directions; on the A-5407, in Bacares and on the A-3102, between kilometres 15 and 42, in Velefique, which are at red level and where the use of chains is compulsory. Specifically, on the A-3102, 112 yesterday managed a warning for a vehicle stuck in the snow, whose occupants had to be rescued by the Guardia Civil. The incident ended with no injuries.
Recommendations for driving in snow
Emergencies Andalusia offers a series of tips and recommendations to minimise the adverse effects that snowfall can have on the population. It is important to have suitable footwear and clothing and to check the condition of your home, especially roofs and heating systems, before the snow arrives.
It is advisable to disconnect electrical appliances that are not necessary, as well as to keep stopcocks open to prevent water from freezing in the pipes. As far as possible, it is best to stay indoors, especially for children and the elderly; and if you have to go out, it is better to wear several light, warm garments on top of each other rather than a single, thickly woven garment. It is important to avoid tight-fitting clothing, to allow air to circulate and act as an insulator.
In an episode of snowfall, it is best not to take the car, but if it is unavoidable, it is best to do so accompanied and to get information about the state of the roads before setting off. Emergencias Andalucía recommends driving with a full tank of fuel, keeping the exhaust pipe clear of snow, checking brakes, tyres, lights, anti-freeze fluid and carrying chains (to be used in case of hard snow or ice). After a snowfall, drive with the utmost caution, do not brake in wet areas, and do not make sudden changes in direction that could lead to loss of control of the vehicle.