The night between Tuesday and Wednesday will see a drastic drop in temperatures and storms all around the country, while in northern Israel and Jerusalem snowstorms are expected.
The extreme cold and stormy weather are expected to last until Thursday morning, while Friday and Saturday will see a slight rise in temperatures, though lighter rainfall and snow are expected to continue.
While the snow in Jerusalem may pile up to a height of 20-25 cm (7.8-9.8 inch) the expected increase in temperatures on Thursday will most likely see the snow melt very quickly.
Despite this, the Jerusalem Municipality is already preparing for the snowy weather, as even a comparatively small amount of snow brings to the shutdown of almost the entire city.
The city’s operations center is preparing to recruit vehicles and mechanical engineering equipment, clear blocked major routes, operate the salt distribution system, and operate the 106 municipal call center.
The Jerusalem Municipality meanwhile recommends that residents check their heating systems, make sure to seal roofs and openings including windows and shutters, and clear water drainage chambers in yards and gutters on roofs.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion stated that the city is doing its “utmost to best evaluate the weather, in order to provide a professional and quality service to the residents of the city. I call on the residents of the city to observe the safety rules and obey the instructions.”
The Light Rail in the city also issued instructions ahead of the storm and called on the residents not to abandon cars on its tracks.
TPS contributed to this article