Saudi Arabia: Tabuk region receives rare snowfall after heavy drop in temperature overnight
Social media users in Saudi Arabia shared a video of a rare snowfall in the Tabuk region after a huge drop in temperatures overnight.
According to the Meteorological Department, there will be fog in areas up to 400 meters high.
Snow lashed parts of the country on Wednesday, covering areas that have been out of reach for years, disrupting traffic and postponing vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 and even exams at some universities.
Tourists flock to the all-white Jabal Al Las peak. It is located near the Jordanian border in Tabuk region.
#صور من تساقط الثلوج على مرتفعات جبل اللوز بمنطقة تبوك.#واس_جودة_الحياة pic.twitter.com/e4A7SWq0jw
— واس جودة الحياة (@SPAqualitylife) January 1, 2022
Security personnel were forced to cordon off the road leading to the area due to severe weather conditions.
According to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province, Al Baha, Asir, Jazan, Al-Qasim, Tabuk, Al Jouf and Hail will receive moderate rain.
#Snow Tabuk weather, if you plan today to visit Tabuk cancel your plan . It is expected that the roads will be closed due to traffic congestion ! pic.twitter.com/MUbben7ijk
— Farhan (@wolvestravelers) January 1, 2022
Amid low visibility, Saudi Arabia’s civil defense called on everyone to “stay alert”. Heavy rain and thundershowers are likely during the next 24 hours.
In 2018, the country experienced a similar snowfall in which people organized snow sports like sledding and snowball fights.