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Weekend Snow Update: Jerusalem Lock-down, Blackouts, and Lots of Snow (+ Photos)

IDF troops assisting in restoring power to Jerusalem.

IDF troops assisting in restoring power to Jerusalem.
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90

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Jerusalem spent Shabbat in lock-down as the largest snow storm in decades, and perhaps 50 years, hit the country. The main highways to Jerusalem were closed. Thousands of people found themselves stranded on the highway.

Some 35,000 households, including 13,000 in  Jerusalem, as well as 2400 in Tzfat didn’t have electricity for at least part of Shabbat. Gush Etzion, where at least 2 (possibly 3) feet of snow fell,  was without electricity for significant parts of the day, as well as parts of the days before.

The army was called in to assist in helping restore electricity to parts of Jerusalem.

In the Binyamin region, many homes were without electricity and water throughout much of the night. Some of the Settlements found themselves cut off without electricity for 3 days, since the beginning of the storm.

On Saturday night, the main highway into Jerusalem is slowly being reopened to public transportation, and some buses are expected to begin running soon.

The Jerusalem Light Rail is shut down due to damage to the rails from the snow storm, and may reopen on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to drop tonight to below freezing, increasing the risk of icy roads.

On the positive side, children were having a great time in the massive snow storm.

SNOW IN JERUSALEM

 

SNOW IN JERUSALEM

 

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16 Responses to “Weekend Snow Update: Jerusalem Lock-down, Blackouts, and Lots of Snow (+ Photos)”

  1. Israel needs a larger carbon footprint.

  2. Henna du Plessis says:

    LOOK

  3. A few feet of snow and 25 below zero is normal for most Canadian cities–i guess it is all relative thank you.

  4. Sara Brott says:

    A true winter in Yerushalaim

  5. Anonymous says:

    None of the pictures look like two or three feet.

  6. Howard Chait says:

    wow! hard to be prepared for something like this!

  7. Susan Wilner says:

    Looks like a Chicago winter.

  8. Tammi DeVille says:

    Hmmm wonder why this is happening, possibly dividing Israel as a nation, Those that bless Israel will be blessed, those that Curse Israel will be cursed,,,Thanks Obama…..America is in for disaster.

  9. richard says:

    Let’s pray

  10. judith says:

    God help people in Jerusalem

  11. Bella Beinart says:

    Sydney has been a great holiday and the harbour is definitely one of the wonders of the world.Catching up with friends,staying with Bella, clubing going to shows, dancing The shules-Chabbad, Hadass Israeli and centraql

  12. Bella Beinart says:

    Sydney has been a great holiday and the harbour is definitely one of the wonders of the world.Catching up with friends,staying with Bella, clubing going to shows, dancing The shules-Chabbad, Hadass Israeli and centraql

  13. Bella Beinart says:

    Sydney has been a great holiday and the harbour is definitely one of the wonders of the world.Catching up with friends,staying with Bella, clubing going to shows, dancing The shules-Chabbad, Hadass Israeli and central all prove- Am Israel Chai. Thank u Syney one and all and see u in Melbourne or Tel-Aviv. Sari

  14. Bella Beinart says:

    Sydney has been a great holiday and the harbour is definitely one of the wonders of the world.Catching up with friends,staying with Bella, clubing going to shows, dancing The shules-Chabbad, Hadass Israeli and central all prove- Am Israel Chai. Thank u Syney one and all and see u in Melbourne or Tel-Aviv. Sari
    sara brott

  15. Bella Beinart says:

    Sydney has been a great holiday and the harbour is definitely one of the wonders of the world.Catching up with friends,staying with Bella, clubing going to shows, dancing The shules-Chabbad, Hadass Israeli and central all prove- Am Israel Chai. Thank u Syney one and all and see u in Melbourne or Tel-Aviv. Sari
    sara brott

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