Jerusalem Gets Another Chance for Snow

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jerusalemites who missed out on the snow that blanketed northern Israel earlier this month may have another chance this week.

Meteorologists say a winter storm from Russia will significantly lower temperatures and bring more snow to Mt. Hermon, home to Israel's sole ski slope and winter resort.

The Golan Heights, Galilee and mountainous elevations in the center of the country, including Jerusalem, may also see some accumulation.

The storm earlier this month raised the water level at the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), the country's main source of sweet water, 16 centimeters (6 inches). In late January, it also snowed on the Hermon.

Following seven consecutive years of below average winter rains, the water level at the Kinneret dropped well below the danger level and the coastal aquifers have also been depleted.

In 2011, Israel got 70 percent of its average annual rainfall. The previous year was one of the hottest and driest on record.

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