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Jerusalem’s Mayor Asks IDF & Police to Extricate Stranded Drivers

Mayor Barkat enlists the IDF & Israel Police to assist the many drivers & cars that have been caught stranded due to the ice & snow.

By Elad Benari


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has enlisted the IDF and the Israel Police to help out the many drivers who have been stranded on the city’s roads because of the snow.

On Thursday night, after the snowstorm which hit the capital caused many road closures and traffic jams, Barkat contacted IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the head of the Jerusalem District of the Israel Police, Yossi Pariente, and asked them to help clear the roads of stranded cars and people. Continue Reading »

Photos: From flooding in Tel Aviv to snow on Mount Hermon, storm felt nation-wide


Mount Hermon sees snow piling up, Israel Railways reports delays, and at Tel Aviv boardwalk, large square engulfed by water as heavy rains mark beginning of winter.

By Ynet reporters

A storm that swept Israel overnight saw roads being flooded, trees collapse and snow mount across Israel on Wednesday. Delays were reported on public transport.

The heavy rains caused schools to close in Umm al-Fahm, Tira and Qalansawe, where the collapse of the sewage system saw houses and roads become flooded.

Flooding was also reported in Tel Aviv. Parts of the city’s boardwalk and Kikar Hamedina were engulfed by water. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem anticipates snowfall for third year in a row

Barkat says Israel’s capital prepared for snowfall, that may fall as early as Thursday; snow to also fall on Golan & Galilee mountain peaks.



After two winters in a row that did not disappoint, the capital’s residents are waiting in anticipation for a potentially snowy end to their week.

Snow in Jerusalem last year  - Israel Today

Snow in Jerusalem last year – Israel Today

“Snow in Jerusalem is a celebration for Jerusalemites and the many visitors who come to see the most beautiful city in the world painted white,” said Mayor Nir Barkat. “We hope the snow does not disappoint – especially the children of Jerusalem who are waiting and excited.” Continue Reading »

Winter in Israel has finally arrived


Although this year’s winter arrived considerably late, Saturday night’s showers served as a stark reminder that winter has finally arrived.

Rain slammed down on Tel Aviv Sunday morning in a manner some would describe as violent.
A man stands on a bridge overlooking flooded railway tracks - Photo: Reuters

A man stands on a bridge overlooking flooded railway tracks – Photo: Reuters

Although winter arrived considerably late this year, Sunday’s post-Shabbat showers serve a stark reminder that winter has arrived.

The rarity of rain in the Holy Land usually makes for excitement, however the sudden downpour left Tel Aviv roads considerably dangerous today, says Tel Aviv resident Shahar Geist.

Although she is happy to see the Kinneret rise, Geist says the government doesn’t do enough to ensure road safety in extreme weather conditions.

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Kinneret rises & snow on Mount Hermon in Israel’s 1st winter storm of season

Scattered showers from the Galilee to the Negev broke the unseasonably warm weather.

Rain & lower temperatures forecasted to continue over weekend.




The first winter storm of the season hit Israel on Thursday as the unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout November gave way to rainfall and even snow.

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon [file]

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon – File Photo: IDF Spokesman

Lake Kinneret rose for the first time since April on Thursday morning – by 1 centimeter – as a direct result of ongoing rains, the Water Authority said.

The Kinneret’s water level is now 211.40 meters below sea level, 2.6 meters from full capacity. Continue Reading »

Israel braces for heavy rains, snow & strong winds

Meteorologists expect one of the rainiest weeks in recent memory, with showers falling from the Galilee to the Negev and 100 km/h winds.



Heavy rain fell from the North to the Negev overnight Saturday, with the stormy winter weather expected to continue on Sunday and throughout the week.

winter skies in the Galilee

Winter skies in the Galilee – IsraelandStuff/PP

Forecasters expect the coming week to be one of the rainiest in recent memory with some 100 millimeters of rain expected in central Israel and as much as 250mm. expected to fall in the North.

Mount Hermon is also expected to see continued snowfall throughout the week.

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Kinneret rises 20 centimeters after Israel’s stormy weekend

Increase comes after heavy snowfall in northern Israel and Jerusalem, and as rains inundate Tel Aviv.

A weekend of heavy rains and snowstorms throughout the country contributed to a 20 centimeter rise in the level of Lake Kinneret, one of Israel’s primary sources of drinking water.

Kids throwing snowballs in the Golan Heights

Kids throwing snowballs at Ein Zivan in the northern Golan Heights this weekend. Photo by: Gil Eliyahu

The Kinneret’s water level has risen 30 centimeters since the beginning of the current round of storms last week. Since the beginning of the current storm system, Jerusalem has seen 168 millimeters of rain, Ariel 93, and Tel Aviv 58 millimeters.
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