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Snow falls in Jerusalem
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Snow flurry falls on Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Stormy weather brings snow to Jerusalem

Frosty weather blows snowflakes on the capital, but the sleet has yet to blanket the Holy City; snow expected to give way to more rain starting early Thursday

Ynet reporters |
Published: 02.17.21 , 18:07
After two years, snow began to fall in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon after the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee and the mountains of central Israel got their fair share of snowfall.
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  • The snow flurry in the capital will intensify throughout Wednesday night and will stick around until Thursday's early morning hours.
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    Snow flurry falls on Jerusalem's Temple Mount
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    The worst of the weather was still to come as the storm was set to last for the rest of the week, with heavy rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, beginning in the coming hours and lasting throughout the night.
    Powerful gusts of wind will reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50mp/h) and heavy snow will fall in northern and central Israel.
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    Snow falls in Jerusalem
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    On Thursday, the snow in Jerusalem will make way for rain in the late morning hours and the storm will subside.
    The inclement weather was in full swing on Wednesday and had already caused the closure of several roads in northern Israel and broken precipitation records.
    Israel’s emergency, rescue and medical services were gearing up for the storm since late Tuesday, which is set to bring snow to Jerusalem for the first time in years and has already brought up to 15cm of snow in the Golan Heights.
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    Heavy snowfall in Safed
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    With the exception of the Negev, where only a few millimeters of rain fell so far, all the meteorological service's measuring stations recorded record-breaking, double-digit precipitation. Meteorologists also said the amount of snowfall recorded so far on the Golan Heights has not been seen in years.
    The settlement of Karnei Shomron in the West Bank has taken the lead, with 61mm of rain in the past 24 hours. In Haifa at least 30mm of rain fell in the past day, in Jerusalem 24mm and in Tel Aviv 15.
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    Heavy snowfall in Safed
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    In northern Israel, so far at least nine routes have been blocked to traffic: 97, 91, 98, 99, 866, 899, 959 and 978.
    The entrance to the city of Safed has also been blocked for vehicles. "The city is blocked," said Safed Mayor Ilan Shohat, who called on the residents not to leave the house. "Do not leave your homes. Let us do the work, the whole city is covered in snow."
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    Police officers redirect traffic amid snowfall
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    Police have called on the public to refrain from travelling on northern roads and minimize non-essential travel to the area.
    Ynet meteorologist Danny Rup said the swift drop in temperatures quickly turned rainfall into snow or hail in northern part of the country as well as Jerusalem, where temperatures set to drop to only 3 degrees Celsius later in the day.
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    Children playing in the snow in the Druze town of in the Druze town of Majdal Shams
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    Rup said that forecasts show that towards the evening hours, more areas around the country will be covered in white, including mountains in central Israel.
    A Jerusalem Municipality official said they are prepared for the snowfall and all possible consequences. "The municipality is prepared, there are about 200 engineering tools throughout the city that are just waiting to clear the snow from major routes."
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    Snowfall in the Druze town of Majdal Shams
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    The official called on drivers to avoid driving in the snow in the city. "We are prepared to pick up vehicles that will get stuck but hope it does not happen."

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