עמק הצבאים בירושלים
A family of deer enjoying the snow in Jerusalem
Photo: The Society for Protection of Nature
Children playing in the snow on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Winter blows a frosty coat that caps Jerualem

Capital's schools open as usual despite layer of snow blanketing the city; dozens of firefighting and rescue teams deployed to clear out the snow; Large swathes of Golan Heights, and even areas in country's south, covered in white

Ynet reporters |
Published: 02.18.21 , 09:41
Jerusalemites woke up on Thursday morning to frosty weather as substantial amounts of snow piled up overnight across the city.
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  • Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said that schools would operate as usual despite a layer of 5-10 centimeters (2-4 inches) of snow still blanketing the city.
    Snow covers Jerusalem after stormy night
    (Video: Moshe Mizrahi, Omri Scheinfeld, Netivei Israel)
    Some locals did not miss out on the event and went outside to enjoy the weather Wednesday night.
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    מזג אוויר חורף שלג ירושלים
    מזג אוויר חורף שלג ירושלים
    Children playing in the snow on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "For a week now there have been rumors on and off about there is going to snow. We were optimistic and waited," two young women told Ynet as they played in the snow. "It's the most exciting snow sine [the city's last substantial snowfall in 2015]."
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    מזג אוויר חורף שלג ירושלים
    מזג אוויר חורף שלג ירושלים
    Two women build a snowman in Jerusalem
    Many couples and families visited the city's Sacher Park, which adjoins the Government Complex, to also experience the city as it wore a white, rimy gown.
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    עמק הצבאים בירושלים
    עמק הצבאים בירושלים
    A family of deer enjoying the snow in Jerusalem
    (Photo: The Society for Protection of Nature)
    For many local children, it was their first time seeing significant amounts of snow piling up, rushing to seize the opportunity and walking out into the night.
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    שוק מחנה יהודה
    שוק מחנה יהודה
    Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market
    (Photo: Gil Yochanan)
    "I was waiting for the snow. I never anything like this. It's really cool. I even built a snowman," 7-year-old Oz Stein told Ynet with great excitement.
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    עז ומתן שטיין
    עז ומתן שטיין
    Oz Stein and brother Matan building a snowman
    (Photo: Yael Freidson)
    Bracing for the stormy night in Jerusalem, firefighting and rescue services deployed some 200 tractors to clear out the snow and dozens of teams stationed throughout the city.
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    שלג בירושלים
    שלג בירושלים
    Family throws a snowball fight in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Alex kolomoisky)
    The municipality said it was constantly working to clear the snow from arterial roads throughout the city, focusing on roads leading to educational institutions.
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    ירושלים
    ירושלים
    Jerusalem's light rail during the storm
    (Photo: Shalev Shalom)
    The snow will continue to fall throughout the morning in the northern and central mountains, and later giving way to rain. The rain will gradually weaken later in the day, but it will return on Friday and there is a fear of flooding in coastal and central cities.
    Stormy and snowy weather across the country
    (Video: Nadav Eves, Nature and Parks Authority, Jamill Al-Atrash, Einav Korn, Har Amasha)
    Israel's highest peak, Mount Hermon, and the higher peaks of the Golan Heights will also receive their fair share of snow.
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    שלג בגוש עציון
    שלג בגוש עציון
    Gush Etzion
    (Photo: Nadav Eves)
    Saturday and Sunday will be very cold, with no rain.
    Following the heavy rains, the Sea of Galilee's water level rose by eight centimeters (3 inches) overnight, standing at 209.48 meters below sea level, The Government Water and Sewage Authority reported on Thursday.
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    המרפסת של משפחת קליין ביישוב מעלה לפני ואחרי
    המרפסת של משפחת קליין ביישוב מעלה לפני ואחרי
    Before and after the storm
    The Sea of Galilee is still 68 centimeters (2'8 feet) short of reaching its full capacity.
    The snow also covered large swathes of the Golan Heights Wednesday night, reaching the lower regions in the plateau's south, as well as Mizpe Ramon and Azur in Southern Israel.
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