Forecasters are more certain than ever that the prediction for snow next week is correct, and the outlook now is that Gush Etzion, the Hebron Hills and Mitzpeh Ramon will see the white stuff on Wednesday and Thursday.
It is too early to predict accumulations, but the snow will be more than flurries, which always excites panicking Israelis into rushing to the nearest grocery story to stock up for the winter.
Unlike most snowfalls in Israel, this one will not melt away so quickly, according to meteorologist Uri Batz, probably the most widely known weather forecaster in the country.
If Uri Batz says it will snow, then it will snow, plain and simple. He has been wrong in the past, but so has Warren Buffet.
He predicted Friday morning that the snow will begin Wednesday morning and besides the usual accumulations on Israel’s ski center on the Hermon, it will fall in the Galilee, Jerusalem and at higher altitudes as far south as the central Negev.
The snow will taper off during the day on Wednesday but resume in the late afternoon and continue until Thursday morning, followed by freezing temperatures that will turn the snow on sidewalks and streets into ice rinks at least until the Sabbath.
Now, after having said all that, remember this is a forecast in Israel, where the only thing certain is uncertainty.