Tenerife Cabildo will reopen access roads to Teide National Park tomorrow as we see the security forces at work clearing the way

Updated 4pm, 8/2: Thanks to Clio, from whom this video courtesy of Mario Marian Dobrescu, 1 Mundo Mio, of the conditions for the security forces during the past few days in the Teide National Park. We both thought this might be of interest … it was to me!!

Updated 8 February: The Teide access roads will be reopened through the morning tomorrow, the Cabildo has announced. The roads affected by the weekend’s closures due to the snowy conditions have been the TF24 (La Esperanza), TF523 (Arafo), TF21 (La Orotava), TF38 (Chío), and the southern access roads via Vilaflor. The Cabildo says that the decision to reopen the roads was taken by its Roads Department, the ayuntamientos affected, the Parque Authorities, and Protección Civil. Although reopened to traffic, the Cabildo asks the public not to go up to the park and says that patrols will be in place in order to keep the roads free for essential journeys only in accordance with existing official pandemic regulations.

Updated 6pm, 5/2: The Tenerife Cabildo has confirmed that transit through the roads and forestry tracks in the National Park is banned this weekend. The public must not try to enter this protected area because of the snow alert, the Cabildo’s Security teams say. 

Updated 2pm, 5/2: Here’s an Aemet 4×4 … and a bit of rime ice …at the observatory today!

Updated 1pm, 5/2: And they have now closed all the access roads to the caldera. Anyone who’d like to go up will need to check the Cabildo map HERE to see if and when they’re reopened.

Updated 12 noon, 5/2: They can’t even get to the Observatory! Astronomers and meteorologists are stuck there, conditions so bad that roads are impassable, winds fierce, no relief workers can get through … here’s a video from Ramón Ramos who’s stuck there himself with another two colleagues! 

Updated 11.30am, 5/2: The Tenerife Cabildo has called on the public not to go up Teide this weekend because weather conditions are not suitable. They have closed the two northern access roads, as I posted yesterday, but other remain open … as a form of invitation that’s open. Why not just close the roads like they did in Gran Canaria yesterday? If you’re going up, though, be aware that with this “request” from the Cabildo, the Guardia Civil are going to be no less forgiving to drivers than they were on those who went up to see the first snowfall recently.

Updated 5 February: It snowed! It didn’t settle but it was thin sleety stuff at 900m. But more impressively, it snowed in Callao Salvaje! It didn’t settle there either and you might think it sleet rather than snow … but it’s white, and it’s in Callao Salvaje! My thanks to Peter Meyers for this video of it, or Mrs Meyers, actually! 

Updated 4 February: Although in Gran Canaria, the whole of the peak area has been cordoned off, the Tenerife Cabildo has closed some access roads to and trails in the National Park. Assuming it snows as expected, you need to check what roads are open before trying to go up to see it: right now the TF24 (La Esperanza) and the TF21 (La Orotava) are closed along with several tracks so the best way to be sure in real time of what’s open or shut is to check the Cabildo map HERE

Updated 3 February: It didn’t take long for Aemet to issue a yellow alert for strong winds gusting to 70km/h in the south, worse in the north where there’s also a yellow alert for rain turning to snow above 1700m. At present, the alert continues to Friday only in the north, but we can expect developments, as usual. Meanwhile, Aemet has also issued an advisory notice of marked instability. The Met Office says:

The deep Atlantic trough arriving towards the end of today will bring considerably increase the atmospheric instability throughout the archipelago over the next few days, producing showers along possibly with thunderstorms and strong to very strong wind gusting in excess of 70-80 km/h, especially in the medianías and at altitude, along with a 4-5m swell in the sea in the western islands. The accompanying mass of cold air will also markedly reduce temperatures. Rain should start overnight in the western islands, spreading during the day to the rest of the archipelago, becoming widespread on Friday 5th. Rainfall may be locally heavy from Thursday afternoon onwards, producing some 15 litres or more per hour especially in the north. Snow is possible above 1600m. The instability is expected to ease from Saturday 6th onwards.

Original post 2 February: We’ve had some stunning weather the last couple of weeks but it could be about to change. Aemet has said that from Thursday, a front will affect the Canaries bringing rain, heavy at times, as well as stormy conditions, especially in the north of the islands. At altitude, as usual, it could fall as snow and indeed a drop in temperatures is likely everywhere. Conditions are expected to prevail for some days and no doubt the forecast will firm up over coming hours and days.  

4 Comments

  1. I can’t see anywhere that Janet said there was snow in Callao Salvaje ? Only that snow was possible in places 1,600 metres and above? the lowest it got today was surrounding Vilaflor, as far as i am aware, nowhere on the coast?

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      Have a look at the video from Mrs Meyers!

  2. Wow!
    Snow in Callao Salvaje. is more than impressive.
    I live in Callao Salvaje and missed seeing it but think it would have been a shock to my system if I had.

    Thank you for the information Janet.

  3. You do a great job Janet
    Well done

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