Yellow weather warnings were issued for much of Andalucía on both Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front approached from the north, forcing temperatures to fall more than ten degrees in places, bringing with it snowfall in several inland areas.
Temperatures plunged as Wednesday progressed bringing with them snow, mostly in inland areas such as Antequera where thermometers went down to several degrees below zero.
It was Yunquera, though, that was the first municipality in Malaga province to receive snowfall, quickly joined by the Sierra Bermeja, where the snow was able to settle. Similarly, white patches appeared at Fuente de la Reina in the Montes de Málaga. It also started snowing at El Torcal in Antequera and the Sierra de las Nieves.
Areas closer to (or on) the coast such as Nerja, Cártama, Coín, Olías and Alhaurín de la Torre also received snow but the temperatures didn’t allow for it to settle. In the city of Malaga at around lunchtime on Wednesday, there was a brief period of sleet.
Aemet extended its inclement weather warnings into Thursday Yunquera in the Sierra de las Nieves received its biggest snowfall in 30 years.
The snow also left the town of Ronda without road access, closing schools in the area. Several drivers were trapped on the roads and an accident involving a jackknifed lorry on the A-374 worsened the situation. Snowploughs were at work at several points of the road network but despite this, the traffic authorities admitted it was overwhelmed with calls to signpost dangerous zones.
Many roads affected remained closed at time of going to print, including the A-372 to Montejaque while others, such as A-7276 to Cuevas del Becerro, could only be used by cars fitted with snow chains.
Motorists travelling in the Ronda area were advised to fit snow chains and consult the information, also available in English, on the DGT website (www.dgt.es) before setting off.
In Antequera, where the town and its dolmens received a covering, road access to El Torcal nature reserve was cut off on Thursday morning with snowploughs still working to clear the route well into the evening.
Alhaurín el Grande received its first snow in 63 years while it also snowed on the Calamorro peak in Benalmádena and in the Cañada del Lobo area of Torremolinos.
Forecasts predicted that the last of the snow in Malaga province would fall on Thursday night, but the cold spell is due to last until next Tuesday.