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Rare snow engulfs Jerusalem, Israel

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The same storm that paralyzed Greece and Turkey at the beginning of this week, brought rare snowfall to the city of Jerusalem, Israel on January 27, 2022.

According to Israel's meteorological service, between 15 and 25 cm (6 – 10 inches) of snow fell overnight Thursday.

The storm caused major traffic issues on main highways leading to Jerusalem and forced authorities to close schools in the city and across northern Israel.

According to the Israel Electric Company, power consumption reached an all-time high overnight as Israelis switched on heating.1

Local media said only the most dedicated worshipers came up to the Temple Mount today. Muslims and Hasidic Jews prayed side by side in the snow.2

In neighboring Jordan, heavy snowfall closed roads in the capital Amman and made driving conditions treacherous across much of the country.

Jordan's Meteorological Department forecast more snowfall on higher ground with temperatures expected to fall below freezing again on Thursday night.

References:

1 Rare Mideast snow brings Jerusalem joy, misery for Syria refugees – AFP

2 This year's Jerusalem snow in pictures – The Jerusalem Post

Featured image credit: @dxb_balochi

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