Snowfall in Bethlehem and the surrounding area is heavy with snowfall on Sunday, but the heavy snow is only a brief detour for the rest of the year, which will likely see even heavier snowfall, with much of the city’s north being covered with snow.
Temperatures in the northern city will reach 30 degrees Celsius, according to the Israeli Meteorological Institute, with the city experiencing the worst snowfall in the region this winter.
At around 8 a.m., a group of volunteers working on the Israeli Army snow-clearing program on Mount Carmel reported heavy snow falling on the mountain, which was located on Mount Tzahal, an area which is home to more than 300 archaeological sites, including several tombs dating back to the biblical period.
The organization said the heavy rainfall is a reflection of the strong winds and snowfall that swept across the region on Sunday morning.
The snow was not heavy enough to create significant damage to the area, but it was enough to stop snow from falling and bring it to a halt, according a local police spokesperson.
The Jerusalem Municipality said the city is not currently experiencing any issues related to the heavy rains, and that the snowfall is mainly caused by wind and hail, which are causing severe damage to infrastructure.
Snow fell in Jerusalem, and some parts of the north were covered with up to five centimeters of snow.
According to the Meteorological Service of Israel, the average annual precipitation over the past year was 9.3 centimeters, while Jerusalem recorded only 0.2 centimeters of precipitation.