The Spanish government has urged people to stay at home as the worst snowstorm in 50 years struck the country.

Madrid and the surrounding region have been brought to a frozen standstill after Storm Filomena, leaving the Spanish capital immobilized. Residents have dusted off their skis and sleds as the easiest means of getting around. 

Madrid blanketed by heaviest snow storm in decades (credit: BBC News)

 

BBC news reported: "Madrid, one of the worst affected areas, is set to see up to 20cm (eight inches) of snow in the next 24 hours. Further south the storm caused rivers to burst their banks . . . As snow fell on Madrid on Friday evening, a number of vehicles became stranded on a motorway near the capital. The city's Barajas airport has closed, along with a number of roads, and all trains to and from Madrid have been cancelled."