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Snowy winter Sabbath in northern Israel

Northern Israel was transformed into a “winter wonderland”over the Sabbath as snow fell on the Galilee, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights.

The storm began on Friday with wind and rain and hail and thunder, blowing from the Hula Valley across the entire country, straight to the south, where snow even fell in Judea’s Gush Etzion area.


The mystical city of Tzefat saw as much as 10 centimeters (4 inches) of the white stuff – and on Mount Hermon, five times as much.

Moving south towards the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea and the northern Negev, the storm turned into rain and flooding, with rainbows bathing the skies as the rain clouds left the coastal and central regions.

By Saturday night, the northern Negev was still awash with cold winter showers — great for the foliage and endless work for those trying to keep their floors clean.

Partly cloudy skies were expected for Sunday, with cold temperatures throughout the country.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.