Snow in Tenerife - How often does it happen?

The eternal question...does it snow in Tenerife?

If yes...when? And how often?

This question keeps coming up as often as the one regarding the weather in Tenerife in December.

Or the one regarding which Canary Island is the warmest during winter.

First of all, since we're talking about the weather, you have to keep in mind that it's unpredictable.

Although you won't see temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius in the south in Tenerife, the weather is always unpredictable and no one can tell with certitude when it will rain and when it will be sunny.

But you shouldn't worry either, because bad weather never lasts long in Tenerife and the sun will soon come out blazing again.

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Teide covered in snow in Tenerife


So... does it snow in Tenerife?


During the winter months, especially inside Teide National Park, there will be times when it will snow and the roads may even be closed because of this. It's not because it snows super heavyly, instead it's because most cars don't have winter tires and simply aren't prepared to handle these brief winter conditions.

When does snow in Tenerife?

Most chances for snow in Tenerife are between February and March, when the whole weather is in between seasons and there are often storms and also rain. 

In 2016 it snowed in Teide National Park at the end of February, in what some of the local press has called the snowfall of the century in Tenerife.

Truth be told, it wasn't so much worse compared to the past years, so that was highly exaggerated, as the snow didn't last long anyway.

You can see below a clip of the 2016 winter in Tenerife and the snow in Teide Park:

If this weather would have happened anywhere else, it wouldn't have made it onto the newspapers, because it wouldn't be anything uncommon.

But because this snowfall has happened in Tenerife, a place praised by everyone for its great weather, it has become a thing of sensation and now everyone's afraid of the potential snow that might ruin their sunny holiday in Tenerife.

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Snow in Teide National Park - a view to remember in Tenerife


If you're spending your time in the south of Tenerife, you shouldn't fear the snow because it doesn't happen in that area.

The climate in Tenerife is split by the existence of Teide in the middle of the island and in the area located south of Teide there are very few chances for snow or extremely low temperatures, even during winter.

If you're travelling in Tenerife in February and March, just keep in mind that the weather is in between seasons and you may get the occasional rain, calima or snowfall on Teide. People act surprise when these happen in Tenerife, but the truth is that locals would tell you that it's a common occurrence for that time of the year.  

Compared to the weather in most parts of continental Europe during that time of the year, Tenerife is still your best choice for a winter holiday if you're after a few sunny days to recharge your batteries after a cold and gloomy season.


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