Photo Credit: Ya'akov Lederman / Flash 90
Snow in northern Israel

Israel is still being hit by winter weather, pretty much as the United States is.

(Below, JewishPress.com reader Myra Marshall sent photos of the progress of this week’s snowstorm in her Metro West Boston area back yard.)

Snow storm blankets metro west Boston area.
Snow storm blankets metro west Boston area.
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What a difference a day makes!

Snow storm blanketing the metro west Boston area became a double quilt!
Snow storm blanketing the metro west Boston area became a double quilt!

On Sunday night and into Monday there was heavy sleet and hail coming down in Or Akiva and Caesarea, with ice on the road making conditions absolutely hazardous.

Monday during the day there was heavy rainfall from the northern region straight to the northern Negev, with thunderstorms in some areas as well.

Snow is also continuing to fall in Mount Hermon, and there was flooding in the Judean Hills and around the Dead Sea area.

Nevertheless, the water level of Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is still 26 centimeters below the lower red line, the level which is 213.0 meters below sea level. According to ecology experts, there is damage to the ecological balance when the water level of the lake slips below this level, and water quality begins to drop as well. Once the water level hits the lower red line, it is prohibited to pump or use water from the Kinneret.

However, the good news is that the level is 1.61 meters higher than the historic lowest water level ever measured at the lake.

The water level is also currently 4.46 meters below the upper red line – the point at which the lake is considered to be at capacity. When that level is reached, the Degania Dam is opened in order to avoid flooding.

For those readers who are interested in daily updates on the level of the lake, click here.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.