Jerusalemites expecting to wake up on Saturday morning and be greeted by a blanket of white, pristine snow were disappointed to behold only ferocious winds and rain interspersed with light snowfall.

The capital’s residents, and especially children, had greatly anticipated the snow day predicted by meteorologists in recent weather forecasts.

On Thursday, the Jerusalem Municipality readied 50 snowplows and vehicles for spreading salt on frozen roads, as meteorologists had predicted a stormy — and possibly snowy — weekend. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also directed the Social Welfare Department of the municipality to be ready to assist needy and elderly residents of Jerusalem with shelter, blankets, and heaters. The municipal hotline, 106, operated on high alert.

Children play with snow in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

Meanwhile in the North, the higher areas of the Golan Heights saw heavy snowfall on Saturday morning, as did the city of Tzfat. As stormy weather and flooding persisted in the Dead Sea region and the Galilee, several roads were closed off.