Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi / Flash 90
The snow covered streets of Jerusalem, after a night of snow on February 18, 2021.

The City of Jerusalem has opened its command center for dealing with inclement weather and is preparing for snowfall beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through until Thursday.

Icy roads are expected.

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The municipal emergency headquarters, led by the municipality’s emergency and security department, has completed its deployment.

Over the next two days, Mayor, Moshe Lion and the director general of the municipality, Itzik Larry, will conduct situation assessments.

The salt distribution system for deicing the roads will be activated on the main arteries of the city. About 120 tons of salt and about 60 vehicles will be activated for snow removal.

The City of Jerusalem will coordinate and cooperate with all national emergency services, with the Electric Company and the Gihon (water) Corporation, whose representatives will be in the municipality’s office.

Due to the expected winter weather, the city recommends that residents avoid activities that pose a safety hazard and maintain vigilance and caution when driving and walking on the roads. City residents are advised to check the integrity of their heating systems, especially those that require ventilation. It is recommended that people open the hot water tap slightly, to prevent water from freezing in the pipes, which causes them to crack.

The city also calls on residents to make sure that their roofs are waterproofed and to clean water drainage chambers in yards and the gutters on roofs. The city advises residents to be careful and avoid staying under sheds, pergolas, barracks or temporary structures, for fear of collapse.

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