Update 10 January: The Guardia Civil says that although the weather has improved, all access roads to Teide remain closed until further notice.
Update 2pm: This is the white-out this afternoon in the Teide crater, and why the search for Victor Teni has been called off. Apart from the clear danger to search teams, it’s just impossible to see anything up there anyway.
Update 9 January: Well the snow came alright! And it came, at least in the form of sleet and hail, right down on the coast. Unprecedented pictures, like the one above of snow at Guaza roundabout, accompanied those of a complete white-out at altitude. Those planning a trip up to Teide to see the deep snow need to know that access roads are closed because of ice, and conditions up there are so challenging that the search for missing athlete Victor Teni has been suspended today: there’s a complete white-out and temperatures are down to -5ºC. Down on the coast the hail has been replaced by persistent rain and low temperatures. At 1km altitude we have 9º – and not a sign of the snow I’d quite like to get a five-minute glimpse of!
Update 8 January: This weather system is almost with us, and the Canarian Government has issued a pre-alert for snow from midnight in Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria. Snow above 1,800m is all but guaranteed, and it might come lower. The rain that this weather front is bringing will not, they say, be at all as heavy as the last storm because it is connected to the “polar vector” rather than a tropical front, and so contains less humidity. Click the above thumbnail to see it full size.
Update 7 January: After the wild seas comes the rain. Starting today, with isolated light showers, but being unsettled generally and lasting until Friday. On Thursday, however, a real band of heavy rain bringing up to 30 litres per square metre per hour.
I have no idea how, or even whether, this is connected with the wild seas battering the UK which are themselves said to be connected to the “polar vortex” threatening the USA, but Aemet has issued a warning of huge waves here in the Canaries too. There is a yellow or orange alert for the entire Canarian coastline this weekend – in Tenerife the orange alert is for the north coast where waves of up to six metres are forecast. The alerts start at 3pm today and are in place throughout tomorrow. The Canarian government has issued THIS advice to the public to stay safe, which basically boils down to “don’t go near the coast”.