The above is a NASA satellite photo from this morning showing the snow in the Jerusalem environs and up in the Golan.
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In an effort to help reopen the roads in and around Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Works sent 100 tons of Dead Sea salt to Jerusalem yesterday, to spread on the roads, according to a report in The Marker.
No word yet on whether they included a complementary package of Dead Sea mud, or Ahava skin cream in their care package.
But, at least someone is thinking.
Some 16,000 households are still without electricity, 3 days after the snow storm hit.
At the height of the snow storm, an estimated 60,000 households were without electricity.
While praising the very hard work of Israel Electric Company (IEC) employees in the field who worked around the clock to restore electricity, Israeli citizens are beginning to complain about the apparent lack of preparedness on the part of the government and the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in particular.
Some people still without electricity are wondering when Israel reverted into a third world country.
On Saturday morning, Eli Glickman, the General Manager of the IEC cut his overseas vacation short and returned to Israel.
Meanwhile, residents of Gush Etzion weren’t surprised by the mass blackouts.
“The IEC has not been able to provide us with uninterrupted electricity going on years”, one resident of Efrat told JewishPress.com. “For us here in Gush Etzion, forget snow, a light rain drizzle is enough to knock out the electricity for hours on end.”
Gush Etzion is currently in the middle of a class action suit, one of the first in Israel, against the Israel Electric Company, for their unreliable service to the region.
According to the Hermon Mountain website there are 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) of snow on the upper Hermon and 1 meter (3.2 feet) of snow on the lower part of the mountain.
The Kinneret rose 10 centimeters since Wednesday.
Residents of Yitzhar and Har Bracha are currently being evacuated from their homes – not because of another Disengagement, but because there’s no electricity and no heat.
Six buses are transporting the residents to temporary shelter in Petach Tikva.
The train connecting Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and the only ground transportation currently connecting the two cities at the moment, has gotten stuck near Lod (which is near Ben Gurion Airport). It’s been stuck there for the past 3 hours (currently 10:50 PM).
Highways 1 and 443 have been shut down due to snow and ice.
Highway 1 to Jerusalem was shut down on Saturday evening a mere hour after it was reopened to buses and taxis.
The Ministry of Transportation decided that using the road was too risky because of icing conditions.
The tunnel road connecting Gush Etzion to Jerusalem has been shut down too.