The highest summits of Gran Canaria remain closed to traffic due to snow and bad weather
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria announced this Sunday that two roads up to the very highest point on the sub-tropical island, the GC-134 and GC-135, were to remain closed to traffic, for at least one more day, as they were still not deemed as safe, due to adverse weather conditions that have affected the area over recent days and hours.
Snow and hail storms this weekend across the mountainous interior of the island, and in particular at the highest summit, Pico de Las Nieves (Peak of Snows) have meant vehicles traveling through the area are in danger of sliding off the road, as has occurred, while members of the public, it is feared, may suffer falls or other accidents leading to injuries.
The Cabildo has decided this morning to keep roads like these two closed, to help guarantee public safety.
— Carreteras GC (@CarreterasGC) February 7, 2021
That all said, a video posted by Guardia Civil agents this morning from the highest point does show several people eager to catch a glimpse of the unusual weather, despite the roads closed to traffic they parked their cars and walked the last km or so up to the top to take a look for themselves, and from what we see here the snow appears to be melting quite quickly.
Esta mañana en el #PozoDeLasNieves #GranCanaria #FelizDomingo#GuardiaCivil #LasPalmas #Canarias #Allidondenosnecesites pic.twitter.com/3ClggmXMV3 — Benemérita Las Palmas (@GC_LasPalmas) February 7, 2021
With no more rain forecast for now, roads to the highest point are expected to officially reopen again from Monday. Clear blue skies and rising temperatures are forecast to start the week across the island. With highs of 21ºC on the coasts and 15-16ºC in the higher altitude inland areas.