Madrid’s airport was closed for most of the weekend and only resumed its normal flights schedule on Thursday, while schools and sports centers are set to remain closed until Monday.
The snowfall also destroyed parks around the capital, with damage recorded for 11,000 of the 17,000 trees in Retiro Park, according to local authorities.
More than 700 soldiers have been sent to help city services clear the snow in Madrid and the neighboring region of Castilla-La Mancha. Despite their efforts, 127 roads remained fully closed to traffic on Thursday.
The storm brought Madrid to a standstill, disrupting transport across the country, just as Spain was entering its third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Spain’s health ministry recorded its highest number of new cases since the pandemic hit Spain last March. The country’s Covid-19 death toll, more than 53,000, is one of the highest in Europe.