Saturday, December 14, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: "Historic" Snowstorm Paralyzes Israel - Power Outages In Jerusalem And Across The Country From Storm Of "Rare Ferocity;" Thousands Stranded!

December 14, 2013 - ISRAEL - Snow continues to fall across Israel Friday morning, reaching new regions of the country and causing major power outages and road closures. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat released a statement saying "we are battling a storm of rare ferocity." The capital has over 37 centimeters (15 inches) of snow, with deeper snowfall in other areas.

Ramot, Jerusalem - Rochel Sylvetsky

A weather forecaster on public radio described the storm as "historic," as Jerusalem temperatures already dropped to 2 degrees celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit), and are expected to drop below freezing. Snow is anticipated to continue falling through Saturday.

The views in Jerusalem are spectacular, as the hills of the city turn white and the rooftops in older neighborhoods wear a white contrast to the Jerusalem stone.

A power outage has affected more than half of Jerusalem, although some areas are reporting a return of electricity. In Kiryat Moshe, Merkaz Harav Yeshiva opened its dormitory and dining room to stranded families who reached the entrance of the city, where the yeshiva is located, but could not get to their destination.

WATCH:  Jerusalem covered in snow.

Many more drivers were stuck on the roads in the city overnight, without food and water, after attempting to reach the city to see the snow.

The Jerusalem municipality is continuing with the rescue operations that began Thursday night and have so far saved over 2,000 people. The IDF and the Border Police are assisting in the operation.

Drivers who have been rescued have been taken to the Binyanei HaUma (International Convention Center), a community center in Mevaseret Zion and the Ofer Camp on Highway 443.

The Israeli police have released a particularly strong warning to drivers in affected areas against going out in blizzard conditions. Police have warned residents across the country to avoid leaving their homes for any reason during the snowfall.

Neve Daniel, Judea - Gedalyah Reback.

Ariel - Gila Jacobson

Ariel - Gila Jacobson

Ariel - Gila Jacobson

Ramot, Jerusalem - Rochel Sylvetsky

Judea and Central Samaria villages are also receiving more snow - some for the first time in over ten years - including in Ariel, Nofim, Yakir, and Barkan.

In light of the situation, schools are closed in the following places: Yakir, Ariel, Barkan, Revava, Tapuah, Alei Zahav, Peduel, Rehalim, Nofei Nehemia, Bruhin, Kiryat Netafim, Yitzhar, Har Braha, Itamar, Alon Moreh, and Karnei Shomron.

Power outages have been reported across the central Samaria area; all roads are closed. The Shomron Regional Council is working to help Judea and Samaria residents and to provide aid.

Lightning can be visible Friday morning near the Ariel area. Residents have been warned to stay indoors.

Unconfirmed reports are also coming in that at least 80 people are stranded in a photography studio in Neve Ilan. - INN.

ICE AGE NOW: Extreme Weather - ONE THOUSAND MILE LONG Snowstorm Set To Pummel United States Northeast!

December 14, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Heavy snow is focusing on northern New England this Sunday, causing even more travel disruptions.

The snowstorm has already spanned more than 1,000 miles. Snow has reached every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. The area encompasses about 110 million people.

Thanks to recent Arctic air making roads and sidewalks much colder compared to previous storms, enough snow to shovel and plow has occurred in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri and is in store from parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey to much of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Not only will the storm make roads and sidewalks slippery, raising the risk for slip-and-fall incidents and auto accidents, but it is likely to cause many flight delays and cancellations. The visibility will be poor, runways will become snow covered and aircraft will need to be de-iced.

The storm could cause shipping delays and force Christmas shoppers to change their plans for the weekend.

The recent cold weather, this storm, and others will translate to plenty of snow on the ski slopes.

In the wake of the storm, areas made wet and slushy from melting during the day on Sunday will freeze on Sunday night, producing patches of black ice.

The risk of a rapid freeze is already threatening Boston this Sunday morning.

New England

Across northern New England, the storm is lingering this Sunday with ongoing travel disruptions. The worst of the snowstorm is focusing on Maine. Frigid temperatures is causing the snowfall to be very powdery.

Conditions will gradually improve as Sunday progresses and the storm shifts to Atlantic Canada.

While snow showers occur over the central Appalachians and downwind of the Great Lakes over the Midwest, the storm will be over across the Ohio Valley and coastal mid-Atlantic, and travel conditions will improve.


Long stretches of the I-69, I-75, I-80 and I-90 corridors have been hit with heavy snow, falling at the rate of up to an inch per hour in the Midwest.

Even though the snow tapered off early on Saturday night from west to east in this area, many secondary roads and city streets will remain snow covered until snow removal crews have a chance to get to them on Sunday.

Mid-Atlantic, Central Appalachians

Mostly rain fell from Roanoke, Va., to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, but some roads from northern Virginia to northern Maryland became slippery due to a period where sleet mixed in with the rain.

However, farther northeast along the I-95 corridor from northern Delaware to around New York City, the change to rain following snow and/or a wintry mix took longer, leading to several inches accumulation and more widespread slippery travel. Central Park received 5 inches of snow before it changed over to plain rain in the city.

Snow was seen at the Army-Navy Classic on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This wintry game occurred just less than a week after heavy snow fell during the Eagles-Lions game. Snow buried the field and had players sliding and shoveling snow with their feet during last Sunday's game. - AccuWeather.