In pictures: Blizzard record Madrid Sanctuaries

Armed with options and sanctuaries, Madrid residents slowly emerged from Spain’s worst blizzard in decades, turning roads and sidewalks into skating rinks.

On Friday and Saturday, Storm Plomina dumped seven to eight inches of snow on the capital and asked officials to stay home if possible.

Emergency service personnel and soldiers rescued 2,500 drivers stranded in their vehicles by the storm, killing at least three people.

Due to a lack of sufficient salt and snow, authorities were only able to clear the main roads of snow and fallen tree branches as of Monday.

“The situation is very difficult and we wanted to help,” said Blanca Fernández, a 39-year-old optics worker.

With temperatures expected to drop to minus -13 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) in central Spain on Tuesday, officials are concerned about the possibility of the ice turning into ice.

“We continue to face difficult days and it is not easy to return to normality,” Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said at a press conference.

The Community of Madrid, which has been dealing with its heavy snowfalls since 1971, announced that all schools would remain closed until January 18.

At Madrid airport, which was closed for the weekend, the first flights resumed on Sunday night after the army removed snow from the runway.

A total of 116 highways in Spain were closed, and nearly 600 face restrictions on their use due to the storm, the Interior Ministry said.

Bus services were canceled, but the Madrid metro ran 24 hours a day so essential workers could get their jobs.

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