Snow falls in J'lem; Israel braces for fresh deluge

2 cm of snow accumulates in Jerusalem neighborhoods; police assist 70 people endangered by rising water levels on roadways.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, MELANIE LIDMAN
January 9, 2013 10:05
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Snow falls in Jerusalem at Western Wall

Snow falls in Jerusalem's Old City at the Western Wall 390 . (photo credit: Nechama Perton)

 
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Snow began falling in the elevated suburbs of Jerusalem on Wednesday, following a deluge of rain that shut down major arteries across Israel and turned highways into raging rivers on Tuesday.

As temperatures began falling in the capital, there was some accumulation of snow, including 2cm on the ground in both Gilo and Pisgat Ze'ev. This was sufficient for some enterprising Jerusalemites to build small snowmen and to sled on plastic bags.



While public transport is running as per usual, Jerusalem residents have been asked to avoid driving private vehicles after 1 p.m. to minimize congestion.

It was also announced on Wednesday that all of the courts in Jerusalem, other than the Supreme Court, would be closed for anything other than emergency cases starting at 11 a.m.

All other scheduled cases were cancelled for the day.

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