Netanyahu arrives at Jerusalem command center to help oversee preparations for blizzard

Authorities are preparing for inclement weather less than 24 hours before heavy precipitation begins to accumulate.

January 6, 2015 12:36
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Jerusalem waiting for the snow

Jerusalem waiting for the snow


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the Jerusalem municipality’s command center on Tuesday to help oversee the city’s efforts to prepare for what meteorologists anticipate will be a fierce blizzard.

Authorities are preparing for inclement weather less than 24 hours before heavy precipitation begins to accumulate.

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In an effort to avert a repeat of City Hall’s disastrous handling of last year’s winter storm Alexa – which stranded thousands of drivers and nearly shut down the capital for a week – police announced on Monday that major roadways leading to Jerusalem may be preemptively closed in anticipation of this week’s expected blizzard.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the entrances to routes 1 and 443 would be blocked ahead of Wednesday’s forecasted snowfall if it endangers road safety.

“If necessary, the highways will be closed depending on decisions that will be made according to the seriousness of conditions in the next 48 hours,” Rosenfeld said on Monday.

“In general, preparations have been made by the Israel Police for the difficult winter conditions expected to hit Israel.

Extra emergency response units and 4X4s are on standby in Jerusalem to assist stranded vehicles on the highways.”

Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.

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