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Jerusalem Wakes to Winter Wonderland, Blanketed by First Snow in Six Years

Haaretz - Jerusalem residents woke Thursday to a blanket of snow covering the city, for the first time in six years. The snow began falling in the capital on Wednesday afternoon, reaching seven to 10 centimeters (three to four inches) overnight.

Due to the weather, Jerusalem school openings are delayed, and classes will start at 9 A.M. Route 1 was closed to traffic in both directions overnight, and reopened on Thursday morning. The light rail also halted service because of the snow, but resumed operation in the morning, along with other Jerusalem public transport means.

Snow continued to fall Wednesday night in the Golan Heights, as well as in high-elevation areas in the Galilee and the northern West Bank. Sixty centimeters (about 24 inches) of snow accumulated at the base of the Hermon, and the snowfall is expected to continue on the mountain through Thursday.....READ MORE

Haaretz is an Israeli newspaper. It was founded in 1918, making it the longest running newspaper currently in print in Israel, and is now published in both Hebrew and English in the Berliner format. The English edition is published and sold together with the International New York Times.



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