All over Israel. Which just proves sometimes one has to eat one's words - I have repeatedly said that we have very mild winters, that it never snows, never freezes, etc, but the past weekend proved just the opposite. It snowed heavily in Jerusalem and in the Gush Etzion settlements, and what's worse, several settlements were disconnected from electricity and had no running water (presumably because the pipes froze). Whole families, including women about to give birth and very young children, are only being evacuated now. I suppose that, precisely because summer here is a much more dominant feature than winter, we simply aren't prepared to handle so much snow.
Taking all this into account, and remembering how last year the only narrow road leading to us was blocked by a rockfall, I felt really lucky that we were able to take off in time on Friday, and spend the worst of the storm and cold in the much better insulated home of my in-laws. Still, it was so cold that we all climbed into one bed for our Shabbat midday nap and slept there bunched up together. When we came home, I felt no difference in the temperature between outside and inside, which just shows you how great our insulation is. We turned on everything we could: the a/c, the radiator, and both ovens (with the doors open, to let the heat out).
Today we are facing a new trial: our water heater had stopped working, so until our landlord can fix it we only rely on our solar panels for hot water. I can only hope today was sunshiny enough, because otherwise there will be no showers.
Photo: snow in Gush Etzion, from Walla! news.