At least four people were killed in Madrid, Spain, after the Storm Filomena has left the city buried underneath its largest snowfall in more than 50 years. The storm also trapped 1,000 cars, closed 430 roads, and forced the suspension of all railway lines.
The winter blizzard has dropped a foot and a half of snow on the country's most populated city. Winds have caused drifting and driving snow to ground a large number of flights as crews struggle to keep runways clear and safe.
So far, authorities have accounted for four deaths: a homeless man who died of hypothermia, a 54-year-old who was found dead under a pile of snow, and a man and wife whose car was washed down an overflowing river.
The freak snowstorm has prompted Madrid's first-ever "red weather alert," mobilizing troops to aid in the rescue of trapped and endangered citizens.
"The situation remains of high risk," the head of Madrid's emergency agency Carlos Novillo said. "This is a very complex phenomenon and a critical situation. We ask all those who remain trapped to be patient, we will get to you."
Original predictions suggested 7-8 inches of snow were anticipated, but almost 20 inches have fallen.