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January 6, 2015 12:03 pm

Israel Prepares for Stormy Winter Front

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A snowy Mount Hermon in northern Israel. Photo: Almog via Wikimedia Commons. – Israel on Tuesday prepared for the country’s first major storm of the winter, which is expected to bring heavy rainfall and snow to northern Israel and Jerusalem. Powerful winds preceding the rain have prompted sandstorm warnings in southern Israel and the Negev Desert.

The Galilee and Golan Heights regions completed their preparations on Monday, with the Mount Hermon ski resort already reporting more than 8 inches of snow. “The moment the snowfall stops and the weather allows it, we will clear the ski trails and let the public come and enjoy,” site manager Shaul Ohana said.

Jerusalem was also preparing for the storm, taking precautionary measures after the experience of last winter’s blizzard, when drivers were stranded in their cars and entire neighborhoods lost power. The police have decided to close off the main highways leading to Jerusalem even before the storm begins, to prevent drivers from getting stuck.

“We have learned important lessons from the last blizzard. I believe we will weather this storm with more of a sense of joy than emergency,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said.

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  • charlie johnson

    When something like this happens it offers an opportunity to learn. Learning is knowing ahead of time.Today people think they need not learn because the can Google.Empty heads are useless. The traffic is shut down on important communications routes because of weather.What if a big war came? You might could get REAL engineers to study these things and figure how to move traffic under such conditions.A large CAT rubber tire front end loader and a quick way to hook up to vehicles.A home made adapter could be designed.People who are stranded like this can learn ways to cope with conditions that are not ordinary. In the USA the average people are never prepared for any event but watching TV. The recent storms along the Gulf coast was an example.If you were aware of the one in the New Orleans area was a circus. It took the US Army 10th Mountain division to get everything back on track again.We have all these highly educated folks. But something hits the fan and everyone runs around like a chicken with his head cut off.Lack of education is not the problem.Lack of common sense seems to be.