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.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
 
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. Driving a motorbike to work every day, she describes slipping and sliding on the highway.” They use oil paints on the road because it’s cheaper,” she says.

“They were supposed to change it for safety, because it gets so slippery.” But they didn’t, she added.

Although frustrated with the lack of road safety during extreme weather, she is happy to see the country become re-hydrated.

“We do need water, but I’d rather it didn’t fall in Tel Aviv.”

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