Palma.—Two main roads in the Tramuntana mountains remained cut off to traffic yesterday because of snow and ice sheets following more snowfalls at the end of a fortnight of “Siberian” weather conditions, the Council of Majorca Roads department confirmed yesterday.

Council sources confirmed that the two roads affected were a stretch between the 29 and 45 kilometre mark of the Ma-10 running between the Sa Calobra road and the Mirador (viewing point) de Ses Barques; and a section between kilometres 17 and 18 on the Ma-11A in Coll de Soller.

The same sources said that after these two stretches of road were closed for the whole of Monday night, it still remains unclear when they are to reopen.

Better weather?
Meanwhile, the National Weather Agency (AEMET) spokesman for the Balearics, Agusti Jansa, said yesterday that the waves of freezing weather which have struck the Balearics on three separate occasions since 1st February are now over .

However, minimum temperatures in the early hours of yesterday morning in Lluc remained at a bone-chilling minus -4.4 degrees Centigrade.
Jansa was confident though that with the snow line now having moved up to between 400 and 500 metres above sea level “with a tendency to retreat even higher,” there were going to be no further major snowfalls “for the moment.” Assessing the most recent wave of freezing weather, Jansa said that the heaviest snowfall on this occasion had been in the eastern part of Majorca (the Llevant) where as much as 40 centimetres had accumulated in some areas. It also snowed heavily in the Tramuntana mountains covering part of central and western Majorca “but not as much as in the Llevant” claimed Jansa. During this third wave of cold, very low temperatures recorded other than in Lluc were in Campos (-2.8º) and at Palma airport (-2.3).

Ibiza had recorded -3.2º in its interior during the same period but there was no corresponding “big freeze” on Minorca, Jansa reported.
He said that weather would remain unsettled over the next few days, predicting some rainfall with sunny intervals.