All roads to Mt Teide are closed until at least Monday
The polar front has brought another snowfall to the highest peak in Spain, with spectacular results on Mt Teide as seen last month with storm Filomena.
Yesterday some roads were closed by the Cabildo due to ice on the roads, but now ALL have been shut until at least Monday, as the snow has fallen lower down than last time, as forecast by AEMET. This means that they are advising anyone thinking that they will access the National Park to see the snow, that they won’t, and not to head up there.
In fact, Tenerife has been a ‘tale of two climates’ over the last 24 hours, with a a snow-covered Teide accompanied by a temperature of -4.4ºC in Izaña, or a an El Medano beach that is inviting for swimming as the highest temperature of the day in the Canary Islands was registered yesterday in Granadilla at 18.5ºC.
At the same time there was also hail in higher parts of Granadilla for the first time in 16 years, where locals were surprised by a spectacular hailstorm that, in just a few moments, covered the entire floor in white.
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A deep Atlantic ‘polar trough’ has led to atmospheric instability in the Canary Islands, with showers accompanied by a storm, strong gusts of wind and a considerable drop in temperatures. Likewise, the State Meteorological Agency forecast snowfalls in the peaks and high areas of La Palma and Gran Canaria which are also experiencing road closures.