A video is being shared on social media in which the courtyard of the great mosque of Mecca can be seen covered in snow while snow falls from the sky. The post accompanying the video claims it snowed for the first time in Mecca. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: Visual capture of the occurrence of snowfall in the great mosque of Mecca.
Fact: The National Meteorological Center of Saudi Arabia has confirmed that the visuals shown in the post are fake. The official Twitter handle of the Emirate of Makkah Province tweeted that the snowfall video is incorrect and was made with additional effects. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
To check the claim’s veracity, we performed a basic keyword search on the internet, which led us to news reports that reported the viral video as fake. These reports can be read here and here.
Haramain Sharifain, a news outlet that primarily covers the news of the two holy mosques, tweeted that the National Meteorological Center released a statement clarifying the video showing a snowfall in the great mosque of Mecca is fake. Saudi Gazette also reported this (here and here).
The Official spokesman for the National Center of Meteorology also posted the video on Twitter and clarified that it is fake.
The official Twitter handle of the Emirate of Makkah Province through a tweet clarified that the snowfall video is incorrect and was made with additional effects.
To sum up, this video showing snowfall in the great mosque of Mecca is not real.