Jerusalem covered in snow, rest of the country flooded with rains

Storm leads to flooded and blocked roads across the country, with damage likely to reach NIS 50 million.

December 12, 2013 21:33
Girls have a snowball fight in Jerusalem, December 12, 2013.

Snowball fight in Jerusalem 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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While Jerusalemites enjoyed a winter wonderland all day Thursday, rainfall deluged much of the rest of the country and created several dangerous circumstances.

Roads were closed, including the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, disrupting traffic in the nation’s capital and throughout the country, and dozens of traffic accidents were reported, but with no serious casualties.

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Swept in an ongoing snowstorm, Jerusalem received between 10 and 15 centimeters of snow throughout the day, depending on the area in the city, Dr. Amos Porat, director of the Climate Department at Israel Meteorological Services (IMS), told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday evening. The snowfall over the central mountain peaks, including Jerusalem and Gush Etzion would likely continue through Saturday, according to IMS forecasts.

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