Snowfall blankets many parts of Malaga province


A snow-trapped vehicle is recovered by workers near Yunquera. / SUR

  • Even the beaches of Fuengirola and Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol were bleached white

After storm Filomena swept across the south of Spain at the weekend a significant amount of snow fell on parts of the interior of Malaga province on Sunday - particularly affecting the Serranía de Ronda.

From the early hours of the morning, the peaks of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, the Montes de Málaga and the Ronda area – including the Sierra de las Nieves – registered significant snowfalls.

In Ronda the snow intensified at around 10pm and affected several roads where the use of snow chains became mandatory on three routes - the A-397, between Ronda and San Pedro; the A-367, near the port of Saltillo, in Cuevas del Becerro; and the A-366, between Ronda and Coín.

In addition, the control centre also recommended caution on the A-369, near Ronda, due to the presence of snow between kilometre points 4 and 11 in both directions.

However no serious incidents were reported nor was it necessary to cut any traffic routes.

During Sunday, workers had to rescue four vehicles that were trapped by the snow between Yunquera and Ronda.

Hail also left scenes to remember on Sunday and bleached the beaches of Fuengirola and Torremolinos white. It happened at midday but lasted barely an hour. The last time a similar phenomenum was experienced was in January 2018, when a strong hailstorm covered the Carvajal area.

In terms of rainfall, the rains were generally continuous but not very abundant. Torrox recorded the highest in the province with up to 16 mm in 24 hours, while in Malaga city 11.2 mm were collected in the Atabal area.