The threat of snow loomed large over the weekend as a winter storm rolled into Israel. Many Israelis will tell you that we got snow here in Jerusalem (there was all kinds of excitement about "it's snowing in Jerusalem right now!!" all over Facebook) but I can assure you that we got nothing more than heavy hail and heavy rain with freezing temperatures. Hail and snow are not the same thing, but sometimes I find that Israelis confuse the two. Despite the lack of snow in Jerusalem this weekend, there has been a history of snowy weather in winters past as these images will prove to you:
Just a few years ago, before I was living in Israel, my husband sent me some pictures from this very snow storm that befell Jerusalem. These images were found on the Internet, whereas his came from outside his apartment. Still so beautiful to see a desert city covered in snow:
And here are some more pictures of a snowy Jerusalem day at the Western Wall where people still ventured in the cold for their daily prayers (and maybe a snowball throw or two):
Around town, those desert palm trees were peppered with snow, such a strange sight to see. Jerusalem is a rare combination of being a mountain city (half a mile up in altitude) while still being in the middle of the desert.
Above, that's busy Ben Yehuda Street, covered in snow. Though, it's hard to tell with all that powder on the ground. Of course, up north in the Hermon region of Israel, snow falls every year. It's definitely not the Swiss Alps or Colorado skiing, but people are always surprised to hear that you can find snow here every year:
Last but not least, Tel Aviv definitely didn't get any snow this year (it's a coastal city, after all) but the heavy winds and rains swirled up quite a storm in the Mediterranean waters.
Here's to hoping that this storm passes by quickly and that we get the beautiful spring weather that is bound to head our way soon.