Cold front brings snowfall to Canary Islands

(ORDO NEWS) — After heavy rainfall throughout the night, including over much of the north and hinterland of Gran Canaria, a wet weather cold front known as “gota fria” (cold drop) or DANA (DepresiĆ³n Aislada a Niveles Alta’s – an isolated depression of high level), fell in a blanket of snow this Wednesday on the peaks of the islands of Tenerife and La Palma.

Meteorologists warn that this could also happen on the island of Gran Canaria, ahead of the return of the sands of the Calima desert from the east, expected by the weekend.

Southern resort areas are likely to avoid the worst, but cloudy, wet weather is expected in most places in the coming days.

The representative of the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) in the Canary Islands, David Suarez, explained to the Spanish-language newspaper CANARIAS7 that this low pressure system contains a pocket of cold air, noting that the main effect of DANA is to increase thermodynamic instability, which can cause storms and intense rain.

During Wednesday and Thursday islanders can expect general and extended rainfall, especially on the western islands. Snow is also possible, especially in Tenerife and La Palma, and precipitation is possible on the peaks of Gran Canaria.

Winds from the east will create persistent gusts in places, more prominent on the northern and southern parts of the eastern slopes and inland, although the southwestern and western sides of the islands are likely to be sheltered from high winds and rain.

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