Fears of a repeat of last year’s blizzard proved unfounded on Wednesday when the ongoing winter storm dropped only a meager amount of snow on Jerusalem.
Amid dire forecasts, the Jerusalem Municipality preemptively canceled school and closed roads leading into the city. And while the capital was blasted by strong winds and subjected to freezing temperatures, the expected heavy snowfall never materialized.
By Wednesday evening, only a thin layer of snow had blanketed the city, and overnight rains washed much of that away.
Perhaps most disappointed were the children of Jerusalem, who learned that schools would open on Thursday, albeit a couple hours late.
The winter storm continues across the country, and forecasts at press time predicted possible snowfall on Friday and into the weekend.
Ambulance crews and IDF armored personnel carriers take up positions in Jerusalem amid dire weather forecasts
Only a light layer of snow covered the capital
President Reuven Rivlin serves coffee to some of the hundreds of troops called upon to provide assistance
Night life in downtown Jerusalem was largely uninterrupted by the storm
Public transportation ran as usual, though most stayed home from work after local schools were preemptively closed
Obligatory shot of the Temple Mount with snow