Syria is an Asian country blessed with lush-yielding plains, deserts, and towering mountains. It covers an area of 185,180 square kilometers and borders Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Israel and Lebanon to the southwest, and Jordan to the south. Syria has an elevation of 1460 feet (445 meters) above sea level. Mount Hermon, rising to 9,232 feet (2814 meters) above sea level, is Syria’s highest point, while Lake Tiberius, lying at 656 feet (200 meters) below the sea level, is the lowest. With the country’s located in the quite dry Middle East, one can’t help but ask, does it snow in Syria?
Syria experiences a Mediterranean climate where temperatures are either moderate or cold during winter. The weather gets chillier and harsh as you move away from the sea. Syria experiences prolonged periods of snow during winter, but the majestic Mount Hermon is snowcapped all year round.
When Does it Snow in Syria?
Snow falls during the winter months, spans the months of December to February when the temperatures drop below freezing point.
Snow in December
December is the first month of winter where it typically snows in Syria. The averages temperatures faced during this month are between 41.9 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 degrees Celsius) and 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius). However, the temperature might drop to 23 degrees Fahrenheit ( -5 degrees Celsius) on some days. It snows heavily in high-altitude areas, such as in the mountains of Sweida, where snow might accumulate to 6 inches. Places like Damascus snow for four days.
Snow in January
The average temperature of Syria in January is 51.8 Fahrenheit (11degrees Celsius), but some places get chilling temperatures hitting below 32.7 degreesFahrenheit (0.4 degrees Celsius). In Damascus, snow falls for five days, the most snowfall days in the year.
Snow in February
February is the last month of winter in Syria. The temperatures get warmer slightly, with highs of 55 Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) and lows of 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) being recorded. Damascus experiences two snowfall days in February.
Where does it Snow in Syria?
Snow in Damascus
Damascus is the capital city of Syria and is home to over two million people. It sits at an altitude of 2230 feet (680 meters) above sea level. The city experiences a cool arid climate with cold and rainy winters and experiences 11 snowfall days per year.
During winter, the average daily temperature recorded is 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16.1 degrees Celsius). The coldest month is January, with a low of 34 Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius).
Snow in As-Suwayda
As-Suwayda is a mountainous region in southwestern Syria that experiences a warm and temperate climate. It has an elevation of 3543 feet (1080 meters) above sea level. The average temperature experienced is 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius). It snows heavily in this region, with a thickness of up to 6 inches (152.4 millimeters) being recorded.
Despite having a lush and rocky landscape with snow in Mount Hermon, Syria does not have any skiing infrastructure.