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    Posted December 15, 2013 by
    Jerusalem, Israel
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    Jerusalem Overwhelmed by Winter--Again


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jerusalemite told me, 'It's the worst storm here in decades. Dark has just fallen and it's iced over and become even more treacherous. No public transportation, the market empty of produce, people without power for three days...not your typical Middle Eastern winter, that's for sure!'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    One of the worst snow storms in decades hit Jerusalem over the past few days--just 11 months after the last snowstorm overwhelmed the capital in January 2013.

    The Middle East isn't known for snow, let alone days of freezing weather like we're experiencing now. Conditions for refugees in Syria and Lebanon are dire, and here in Israel, tens of thousands have been left without power, some for 3 days and 3 sub-freezing nights.

    In Jerusalem, 16 inches of snow left Jerusalem cut off from the rest of the country as all roads in and out of the city were closed by police. The white stuff caused a complete shutdown of public transportation, including the city's buses and Light Rail system.

    The national Electric Company started sending crews out on Saturday and Sunday to fix dozens of power lines downed by falling trees, but entire communities in Judea and Samaria were still reporting widespread power failures and blocked roads.

    Forecasters predict no more snow, but promise an ongoing below-freezing cold wave that's expected to disrupt life for the rest of the week.

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