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Photos: North and Central Portugal covered in snow

A blanket of snow covered parts of the country this Saturday morning. See the photos of this winter wonderland.

It's the biggest snowfall in recent years.

The regions of Trás-os-Montes and Serra da Estrela woke up this Saturday, 9 March, completely painted in white. As you might expect, images of the frozen landscapes soon invaded social media.

The blizzard, which is hitting the high points of the Iberian Peninsula, began in Serra da Estrela, on Wednesday, March 6. But it soon reached Maços, Chaves, Alto Tâmega and Barroso, Bragança, Cinfães and Gerês.

Minimum temperatures in the affected regions could reach minus four degrees centigrade. Guarda and Castelo Branco went from yellow to orange alert between 3am on Friday and 12pm on Saturday due to snowfall.

The districts of Braga, Viana do Castelo and Vila Real are on red alert due to the snowfall forecast for the early hours and early hours of Saturday morning. Snow accumulations of up to 20 centimetres are expected above 800 metres and up to 40 centimetres above 1,000 metres.

"Accumulations of snow on the ground may, at certain times, exceed 20 centimetres at altitudes above 1000 metres, and at the highest points of the Serra da Estrela there may be around a metre of snow at the end of the period," says the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere.

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