People throughout Israel woke up to a rare site this morning: a thick blanket of snow. As much as a foot fell on parts of the Holy Land, and even reached the Negev Desert!
Snow commenced falling in the central and northern hilly regions early on Thursday evening. Jerusalem, Zafed, and areas in the Golan were covered in several centimeters of snow by nightfall. The snowfall spread overnight to the Carmel Mountain region, Kiryat Shmona and Carmiel. Light snow also fell in Nazareth and the Hula Valley, and by Friday morning was falling as far south as Arad and Dimona.
By Friday morning a layer some 30 centimeters [nearly 12 inches] deep covered the capital. Roads leading in an out of it were being gradually reopened on Friday afternoon, after being closed overnight. Police were also reopening roads across northern Israel.
School was canceled in Jerusalem and in the Upper Galilee, as well as in the Negev in southern Israel. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem canceled classes beginning after 1 P.M. Thursday. The university at Ariel also shut its doors. The Angel bakery said it has accelerated its bread production and advised Jerusalemites to buy bread and challah for Shabbat on Thursday, since no bread will be distributed to stores on Friday.
Israel's Home Front Command mobilized armored personnel carriers to Jerusalem and Safed in order to transport people in need of medical care in the event of road closures.