In Mallorca, the army has been called in after heavy snowfall. Due to the large amount of snow, parts of the island have become inaccessible. In the higher parts of the northwest, people are snowed in and rescuers are on the move to free them. There is more than a meter of snow high in the mountains.
The snow attracted enthusiastic people who took to the mountains to capture the view on camera, but many lost contact with the outside world. About a hundred people are stranded at the monastery of Lluc, a pilgrimage site in the north. They spent the night there and late on Tuesday evening rescuers from the army reached the monastery. The army is more often deployed in such rescues when there is a great danger. The storm, named Juliette, is now almost over and is moving eastward.
On the highest peaks of the Pyrenees, the temperature went up to -19 degrees, the Spanish newspaper writes El País. Snow is rare on Mallorca, although some may remain on the mountains in winter. In low-lying areas, rain falls or snow melts quickly.
Exceptions such as blizzard Juliette and those in 1956 and 2012 surprise the islanders. The year 1956 was even named the Year of the Snow because there was a lot of snow on the whole island for eighteen days. In 2012 there was also a lot of snow by the standards of the island, but it melted quickly.
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