Israel – In Photos: Rare Snowstorm Paralyzes Jerusalem Area, Northern Israel


    Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90Israel – The worst snowstorm in 20 years shut public transport, roads and schools in Jerusalem on Thursday and along the northern Israeli region bordering on Lebanon.

    Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with Israel’s municipality for Jerusalem, urged the city’s residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Israel Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992.

    View of the Jewish cemetery and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City seen from the Mount of Olives on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90He said 10 to 15 centimetres (4 to 6 inches) of snow had piled up in the city centre and more than that in outlying areas. “The downtown area is bathed in white,” Peleg said.

    “The elders of Jerusalem don’t remember such a snowstorm in years,” Peleg also said.

    Public transport had ground to a halt, and many vehicles that ventured onto roads were stuck, he added, urging citizens to remain at home.

    “Make it a family day. In the afternoon, the temperatures are supposed to rise and you will be able to head out for some shopping,” Peleg added.

    Israel Radio said a highway linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv was blocked, and that much of the northern Galilee region was paralysed by snow, with 30 cm (12 inches) said to have accumulated in the city of Safed.

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    10 years ago

    beautiful! looks like they already got more snow than NY

    10 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Hope they enjoy it!

    10 years ago

    Wish we had some of that

    10 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. Captions need some work. How many Ultra Othordox, fill in name of religion, are there besides the Jewish kind? Lets remove the perjorative Ultra Orthodox and replace it with Observant or just Jewish after all who really knows what lurks beneath the malvush.

    10 years ago

    I really enjoyed looking at VIN’s moving banner photos…really nice! Thank you!

    10 years ago

    Would ya stop graveling about 4-6″ already?? Paralized? OMG! You’re starting to sound like Bloomberg…That’s a joke. 14-16″, maybe…

    On a serious note, enjoy it while it lasts.

    10 years ago

    Yeshiva and kollel boys don’t have to go learn, but the soldiers are still defending the country.

    10 years ago

    In what way was this snowstorm the “worst” and not the “best”? I sympathize with anyone who sustained damage because of it, but overall it’s the greatest thing — it moistened the soil without washing it away, gave families an unexpected day together, etc…. Only the self-employed like me kept on working (the boss won’t recognize it as reason for absence).

    10 years ago

    They have more snow on the ground than we do here.

    10 years ago

    Looks majestic!

    10 years ago

    Building a snowman next to the Kosel on a shtender? Es postnisht!

    10 years ago

    It’s beautiful!! I also wish we had some of that stuff here!

    10 years ago

    chaatseinu kasheleg nislach lekol adas bnei yisrael !

    10 years ago

    I remember a friend sent me a post card of Jerusalem in the snow about 25 years ago or so when I was a youth and I found it incredibly fascinating. Great photos here today.

    10 years ago

    I remember one year that the news media, showed Israelis skiing on Mt. Hermon, near the Golan Heights. There was a ski school nearby, and one Israeli remarked “Who needs the ski school”. I wish there could have been photos shown of that area, as there was much more snow there.

    10 years ago

    It is so beautiful, but scary….record snow in israel, record flooding in NY, NJ, earthquakes, whats going on? the kiddies are having a blast, thats great!!!

    10 years ago

    Soon they’ll be skiing down the Mount of Olives.
    Next year in Jerusalem

    10 years ago

    beautiful pictures of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD

    10 years ago

    Wonderful photos. My brother and I were in Jerusalem during this recent weather. Made it even more special.

    10 years ago

    Changes are coming for GOOD!
    Thanks G-D!