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Roads to Jerusalem blocked due to snow
Capital painted white as snow falls in early morning hours. Roads blocked, expected to reopen Friday morning. Schools closed

Residents of Jerusalem woke up Thursday morning to a blanket of snow. Snow began to fall early Thursday morning covering mountain tops as well as the capital's streets and Gush Etzion. Access routes to the city were blocked and reopened several times throughout the day, and both Route 1 and Route 443 were closed Thursday night, expected to reopen only Friday morning.

 

Snow also began to pile up in the Upper Galilee and in Kiryat Arba. The Golan Heights however did not snow piling up. Meanwhile, in the Tel Aviv area, rain was briefly interrupted by a barrage of hail.

 

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In Jerusalem, municipal workers were ready with 10 snowplows, salt spreading machines and tractors, to clear the streets of snow. Schools will be closed throughout the day. The city's Light Rail will continue normal operations. The municipality is expecting snow will continue to fall well into the night.

 

Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Photo: Rafi Mann
Photo: Rafi Mann

Photo: Yuri Kalbanov
Photo: Yuri Kalbanov

Photo: Rafi Mann
Photo: Rafi Mann


Route 1 closed (Photo: Omri Mesika)
Route 1 closed (Photo: Omri Mesika)

 

Snowy West Bank (Tamar Asraf)

Jerusalem's city center (Photo: Nimrod Artzi)

(Photo: Itay Cohen)

Beersheba flooded (Photo: Mati Siver)

Northern Israel (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

(Photo: Avihu Shapira)

 

A force of the IAF 669 Unit rescued a van with 10 people stranded in a flood in the Eshkol Regional Council.

 

669 unit rescues people stranded in flood

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שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

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Eshkol rescue forces (Photo: Herzel Yosef)
Eshkol rescue forces (Photo: Herzel Yosef)

Photo: Herzel Yosef
Photo: Herzel Yosef

Photo: Herzel Yosef
Photo: Herzel Yosef

Photo: Herzel Yosef
Photo: Herzel Yosef

Eshkol rescue forces (Photo: Herzel Yosef)
Eshkol rescue forces (Photo: Herzel Yosef)
 

Meanwhile, in the southern city of Beersheba, some 94 trees fell over and electrical faults disrupted lights on roads. Seven roads became flooded.

 

The Middle East was hit by a massive cold front Wednesday, from Tel Aviv to Homs and from Jerusalem to Tripoli.

 

Massive snow was recorded in Syria and Lebanon – where it threatens thousands of homeless refugees – and is expected to hit Israel Wednesday night with snow expected in Jerusalem.

 

 

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First published: 12.12.13, 09:27
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