Authorities struggled to clear ice and fallen trees from the streets of Madrid, and temperatures in parts of Spain hit record lows after a snowstorm wrought havoc across the country on the weekend 1/5
Early jubilation at the historic snowfall, which saw skiers gliding through the streets and mass snowball fights, gave way to frustration as most public transport remained stalled and pedestrians avoided the icy streets 2/5
More than 800 soldiers have been deployed to help clear the city, where many roads are still blocked after Storm Filomena felled some 150,000 trees, cut supply lines and left supermarket shelves bare 3/5
Outside Madrid, temperatures fell even further during the night, with Spain’s lowest, -25.4C, registered in the province of Teruel to the east, a local record 4/5
See more photos as heavy snow blankets Madrid via @reuterspictures 5/5

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