Teide’s snow is 20cm deep in parts … and all access roads are open again!

Updated 11 January: The Cabildo has announced this afternoon that all the access roads to Teide have been reopened. Given the snow is 20cm – yes 20cm/8″ – deep in parts, as reported this morning by Aemet near the Observatory, there might be more than a little snow to see close up if anyone’s interested! The Cabildo has reminded the public, however, that we’re in level 3 and crowds are to be avoided, movement restricted … 

20cm of snow. Photo: Aemet Izaña

Updated 6pm, 9/1: Will you just look at this fabulous photo, magnificent from Pete Louer again, of a white Padre Teide, the photo taken from upper Icod. How gorgeous is this?!

Updated 9 January: There’s snow “oop top”, but we can’t go up to see it because all access roads are closed. As I said yesterday, the public can check HERE for up to date info on roads, and that’s especially important if people are hoping to go up to enjoy the snow. This is what it’s like when they say a road’s closed because of “ice on the surface” …

Updated 8 January: In the west, we have blue skies, a breeze in the air, and it’s a bit chilly! Up north, however, they have it wild, with torrential rain and gale force winds in parts. At altitude, indeed, they have snow, and with ice on the access roads to the caldera, some are already closed to traffic (currently TF21 and 24 – check HERE for up to date info on roads).

Updated 6pm, 7/1: Here’s inside the whiteout at dusk today.

Updated 7 January: There’s been a lot of rain and quite a bit of wind in the western medianías leaving what I call a whiteout … we are essentially inside cloud and it looks like the end of the world! The video below is from the civil protection unit in La Gomera but it’s just what it’s like around 1km altitude in west Tenerife. Meanwhile, there are now alerts for “costeros” tomorrow … the sea will be wild and very dangerous, and anyone who needs rescuing given a Government alert is likely to be charged for the service. Take extreme care and ideally stay away from the coast: THIS is the official advice on staying safe in bad weather including heavy rain, high winds

Updated 6 January: Well it’s rained now! And though it hasn’t been too windy in the west, reports from the north say it’s been very different there. The weather system now has a name too – borrasca Filomena – and it will be with us until Saturday, Aemet says, describing it as a deep depression with a very active associated front system. Although already affecting the Canaries, Filomena is currently centred west of Madeira, and is expected to move eastwards, approaching the north of these islands tomorrow.

The storm’s combination of very humid, quite warm air with low-level cold air means that rain will fall in the form of snow at relatively low levels, Aemet promises …  I know many won’t want that but most readers will recognize my hope! For now, though, Aemet says that the system will intensify tomorrow and Friday, bringing winds gusting to 80 km/h minimum, very poor sea conditions with gale force 7 wind generating a 4-5m sea swell. Rain will be heavy with squally conditions especially in the western and larger islands.

Stay safely indoors, I think, is the message for the next few days, and batten down the hatches and remove anything that’s likely to cause damage outside if blown around. A reminder that HERE is the official advice, in English, for staying safe in bad weather including heavy rain and strong winds.

Updated 5 January: Well I don’t know … on the one hand that all seems to have been a flash in the pan and a fuss about nothing with the Canarian Government lifting its alert for high winds in the western islands and Gran Canaria based on latest forecasts from Aemet. And within a couple of hours they’ve issued another one! For high winds in the western islands and Gran Canaria based on latest forecasts from Aemet! Why they didn’t leave the original one in place I do not know but apparently we are still to expect rough weather.

Updated 4 January: Posting this from conditions of absolute calm is weird, but La Palma and north Tenerife have both reported very strong winds overnight, and today Aemet has updated its information on what appears now to be a couple of depressions bringing a chain of weather fronts to us through this week. Aemet’s note is HERE, and translated roughly says that high pressure systems over the north Atlantic are forcing Atlantic borrascas (depressions) to divert towards us more than usual. The instability is affecting the west of the Canaries with successive fronts that will bring rain and strong winds increasing through the archipelago for the next several days. Aemet says that an additional concern is the sea swell of some 3-4m caused by Force 7 gales, so do be careful in the sea or near the coasts. The fronts will start to displace northwards towards the peninsula from Wednesday night.

Original post 3 January: Aemet and the Canarian Government have both issued an alert for high winds tomorrow in Tenerife, the other western islands, and Gran Canaria. The alert, which is forecast to affect the northwest and southeast of Tenerife most, is for prevailing winds of up to 70km/h and gusts of up to 110km/h from 4am tomorrow. The Canarian Government has repeated its official safety advice for bad weather, and that’s in English HERE. Batten down the hatches, stay safe!

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  1. I quite like it when we get a “whiteout”, although we are not quite as high up as you. It feels eerie but peaceful in an odd way

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