First Snow of Winter Arrives in Jerusalem, but Nobody Will Be Sledding

Snowfall also covers the Galilee to the Golan, but fails to settle in Jerusalem, as temperatures plummet across Israel

Nir Hasson
Adi Hashmonai
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The Kibbutz Ein Zivan settlement in the northern Golan Heights on Wednesday morning.
The Kibbutz Ein Zivan settlement in the northern Golan Heights on Wednesday morning.Credit: Ein Zivan Tourism
Nir Hasson
Adi Hashmonai

The first snowfall of winter hit Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, but is not yet settling.

Safed, the Galilee, and the Golan Heights also experienced snowfall throughout the day.

The Jerusalem municipality announced that school will be starting an hour later than usual on Thursday due to danger posed by icy roads and sidewalks. However, students in the central and northern Golan Heights will study remotely, after a situational assessment with the municipalities, the military, police and other organizations found the roads to be unsafe.

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Nearly six inches of snow accumulated on Mount Hermon's basin overnight, bringing the accumulated height to 10 inches. 

Mount Hermon remains closed to visitors today due to the stormy weather; roads leading to the mountain are blocked. At the same time, the country's Water Authority stated that the water level of the Sea of Galilee has risen to just six feet short of being full. 

Wednesday's weather will be rainy from the north of the country down to the Negev, along with a few thunderstorms. Warnings have been issued over possible flooding in the Jordan Valley, the Judaean Desert and the Dead Sea. The rain is expected to temper by nightfall. The Mediterranean Sea will be stormy at a water level of 500-250 inches high. Southwesterly to northwesterly winds will blow 18.5-40 mi/h.

Thursday will be partly cloudy with a slight drizzle until light rains hit in the morning, especially in the south. It will be colder than is usual for the season, with severely cold temperatures expected at night, especially in the mountains and inland.

Friday will be more tolerable, with a slight rise in temperatures, albeit still below average for the season.

Saturday will be clear to partly cloudy, with a further rise in temperatures. At night, it may rain in the north of the country.

Last month, winter storm Carmel dropped nearly four inches of rain on parts of the country in a three-day period, briefly flooding the Tel Aviv promenade and causing damage across the country. One case of hypothermia took the life of a homeless 40-year-old Tel Aviv man.

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