Below freezing temperatures in Israel as snow continues

//Below freezing temperatures in Israel as snow continues

Below freezing temperatures in Israel as snow continues

By | 2015-01-10T15:21:57+00:00 January 10th, 2015|Israel|0 Comments

Temperatures dropped below freezing Saturday, as the cold front currently passing over Israel reached its peak, though snow fall had begun to slow.

 

 

Way down south in Mitzpe Ramon (Photo: Amir Dror)
Way down south in Mitzpe Ramon (Photo: Amir Dror)

 

The freezing temperatures caused water pipes to freeze, leaving a number of communities without running water. The coldest temperatures were -9° Celsius (approximately 15° Fahrenheit) in the Golan, followed by -5° Celsius (approximately 23° Fahrenheit) in the Golan.

 

Jerusalem mountains (Photo: John Shamir)
Jerusalem mountains (Photo: John Shamir)

 

Temperatures also dropped to near freezing levels in Tel Aviv, a coastal city known for more its sweltering summer heat.

 

Snow freezes over in Jerusalem (Photo: Nitzan Kish)
Snow freezes over in Jerusalem (Photo: Nitzan Kish)

 

In the meantime snow fell in Jerusalem overnight Friday, but stopped Saturday morning, eventaully permiting the main Highway 1 to be reopened.

Snow over Beit Jala near Hebron (Photo: Dafna Sulimani)
Snow over Beit Jala near Hebron (Photo: Dafna Sulimani)

 

The wintry joy of snow was not isolated in Jerusalem and Safed, as light snow fell Friday night across northern Israel. The snow reached the Carmel Mountain, where roads were closed in several towns.

 

The Western Galilee also received its share of the wintry weather, though the most surprising spot to be blanketed in white was Mitzpe Ramon, a southern town in the Negev desert.

 

Little boy in snow in Mitzpe Ramon (Photo: Nurit Berliner Shaked)
Little boy in snow in Mitzpe Ramon (Photo: Nurit Berliner Shaked)

 

Snow falls on Negev desert (Photo: Negev Tourism)
Snow falls on Negev desert (Photo: Negev Tourism)

 

The Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel, between 400 and 500 meters above sea level, received a few centimeters of snow.

 

Wintry weather in northern Israel (Photo: Sheri Cohen-Manos)
Wintry weather in northern Israel (Photo: Sheri Cohen-Manos)

 

The snow fall in Jerusalem began with a light trickle in the morning but turned into a light blizzard across the Israeli capital by evening. Though only a few centimeters deep, the snow forced the closures of the major arteries into Jerusalem, Routes 1 and 443.

 

Jerusalem under snow (Photo: Natai Paslev)
Jerusalem under snow (Photo: Natai Paslev)

 

The road closures are expected to be in force throughout the night due to icy conditions. The police have urged drivers to stay off those highways until morning.

 

Ahiya Raved, Roi Yanovsky, Raanan Ben-Zur, and Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report.