December 2008 Douro Insider

The month awoke to a scattering of snow on the high ground and ice almost everywhere else.  There were actually quite heavy snowfalls on the Serra do Marão and even significant amounts on the Alto de Quintela.  It wasn’t just the north of the country that was affected as the bad weather caused chaos on the roads in other parts too, and played havoc especially with the daily commute when people returned to work after the first long weekend.  Roads were closed in some of the higher mountain ranges, and the main road between Porto and Vila Real was shut for some time when the peaks of the Marão became impassable.  It even snowed a little on the very tops of the hills in the Douro, reaching one or two quite high vineyards, but it didn’t quite stretch down as far as the river quintas. Full Report

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