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Snow on the Canary Islands

In recent days it has been snowing in the mountains of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma. Several roads are closed due to snow and ice, as well as numerous landslides.

Tenerife, the road up to Mount Teide yesterday.

Tenerife, the road up to Mount Teide yesterday.

The winter has now come to the Canaries and local authorities have closed several roads and warned motorists against driving on mountain roads as they are very slippery.

But it’s really not unusual with snow in the Canary Islands. It happens almost every winter and many residents travel up to the mountains to sled and ski. There are actually several ski clubs on the islands and on Tenerife there is a ski slope.

The winter weather seems to persist at least until Sunday, according to “Agencia Estatal de Meteorology (AEMET)”, which means rain, strong winds and high waves.

tenerife-skiThe snowline is at around 1200 to 1500 meters these days. The coldest place on the islands yesterday was Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide on Tenerife, with -4.8 degrees. On Gran Canaria the mountain village of San Mateo was coldest with -0.1 degrees.

But fortunately there are also powerful snowplows in the Canary Islands. Next week it seems to become warmer, but it will still be a chance of showers.


A winter video from Teide on Tenerife