Israel Sees Rare White Purim as Snow Falls in Jerusalem, Galilee

March has seen unprecedented cold weather, though low temperatures are expected to rise slowly throughout the week

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Kids play in the snow in the Golan Heights on Tuesday.
Kids play in the snow in the Golan Heights on Tuesday. Credit: Gil Eliahu

Tuesday will be extremely cold with snowfall in the northern Golan Heights, Upper Galilee and Jerusalem Hills.

Some communities in the Upper Galilee canceled school because of the snow. In Safed, schools will open at 9 a.m.

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Snow is also on forecast for the central hills at altitudes of over 700 meters, and may fall in the Negev mountains too. Intermittent rain accompanied by hail is expected from the north to the Negev, tapering off in the late evening. Frost is expected inland.

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Wednesday will be party cloudy and the rain is expected to stop. Temperatures will rise slightly but will still be unseasonably cold with frost expected again inland.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and temperatures will rise again slightly. In the evening, showers are expected in the north, and snowfall is expected on Mount Hermon.

Kibbutz Tziv'on, Tuesday morning. Credit: Smadar Nir
Snow in the Golan Heights on Tuesday.
Snow in the Golan Heights on Tuesday.

Friday will see intermittent local rain in the north and more snow on Mount Hermon, and will be partly cloudy with light intermittent rain in the center of the country until evening. The south will be partly cloudy.

The Israel Meteorological Service released a preliminary estimate of this week’s cold wave – and called it unprecedented for March, and even rare for the winter months of December through February.

Snow on Mount Meron on Tuesday morning. Credit: Suleiman Hamoud / Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Snow in the Golan Heights on Tuesday.

The Meteorological Service forecast a string of six consecutive days in Jerusalem with maximum temperatures 8 degrees Celsius below average for this time of year, and minimum temperatures three degrees lower than normal.

This is the coldest uninterrupted cold wave in March in Jerusalem since the meteorological station in Jerusalem began keeping records in 1950. Other weather stations, which have operated in the capital since the 19th century, measured similar cold waves in March only in 1910 and 1894.

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