Rainbow After the Storm: Mount Hermon Ski Site to Open as Winter Finally Hits Israel

Nearly every major town in Israel went off the grid for several hours on Sunday night as wind knocks over trees and other objects.

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For the first time this year, the Mount Hermon ski site will open to the public on Wednesday, just days after Israel was struck but the season's first spell of winter weather that wreaked havoc across the country.

On Monday morning the level of snow was measured at 240 centimeters at the site of the upper cable car at the Mount Hermon ski site, as snow blanketed the Golan Heights in the north and in Jerusalem.

Snow on Mount Hermon, Dec. 13, 2010. Credit: Yaron Kaminsky

Rachel Bareli, Manager of the Hermon ski site, told Haaretz that the mountain was completely covered with snow, and that they were working on clearing away paths for the expected visitors.

The storm has been a boon for the Sea of Galilee and Israel's water reservoirs, which had been suffering from a drought. Authorities said that the level of the Sea of Galilee has risen at least five centimeters in the past day.

Nearly every major town in Israel went off the grid for several hours on Sunday night as the wind knocked over trees and other objects, which fell on top of electrical wires.

The rains over the past days have completely made up for the rainfall shortages of the past two months, meteorologists said. According to the Meteo-Tech meteorological company, some areas saw more than 100 millimeters of rain in just 24 hours.

More than 7,000 workers did not go to work on Sunday due to the stormy weather, and more than 50,000 people were late for work, as damages to the economy as a result of the storm were estimated at over NIS 5 million.



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