Jerusalem expects snow on Tuesday, mayor warns drivers to use caution

Three people died on Sunday night, Monday in what appear to be weather-related traffic accidents.

Monday morning's accident that claimed the life of a 65-year-old man in Tel Aviv (photo credit: MDA)
Monday morning's accident that claimed the life of a 65-year-old man in Tel Aviv
(photo credit: MDA)
Snow, low temperatures and additional precipitation is expected to fall in Jerusalem, according to weather forecasts.
The Jerusalem Municipality sent a warning to Jerusalem residents urging them to prepare for the upcoming weather. Residents should pay attention to the weather forecast, prepare accordingly and follow all emergency and safety guidelines, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said.
The municipality advises Jerusalem residents to implement safety rules, including checking heating systems, roofs, windows and electric systems’ safety and emergency lighting.
Most importantly, the warning highlights the necessity for both drivers and pedestrians to remain vigilant on slippery roads.
The announcement follows days of deadly road accidents. Since January 1, 13 people have died on Israel’s roads. On Sunday night and Monday morning, three people were killed in accidents, the Israel Police and emergency medical service Magen David Adom (MDA) reported. The accidents appear to have been caused by the weather conditions.
On Sunday night, an elderly couple died after their car hit a concrete barrier on Highway 4 in central Israel.
“When we arrived at the scene, we were confronted with a difficult scene to witness,” MDA paramedic Alon Cohen said. “We found a crushed car, next to which a 60-year-old woman was lying unconscious with multiple injuries. Attempts were made to resuscitate her, but we had to confirm her death. A man in his 60s was also found stuck in the driver’s seat, unconscious with multiple injuries. We tried to provide him with medical care while the firefighters freed him, [but] once they did, we had to confirm his death.”
Early on Monday morning, a 65-year-old man died at the La Guardia intersection in Tel Aviv. The Ayalon Highway was closed by police and later reopened.
“When we arrived at the scene, we found under the intersection an overturned car in which a 65-year-old man with severe multiple injuries was trapped,” MDA paramedic Tom Grishin said. “We took the man’s vitals while attempting to free him, but he showed no signs of life, and we had to confirm his death.”
The accidents occurred within 24 hours of another fatal collision on Sunday morning, in which a 20-year-old motorcyclist died after being hit by a car on Highway 20 near Tel Aviv. The man’s body was found far from the motorcycle with severe injuries.
“It is a serious accident,” MDA paramedic Izhar Baruch said. “We took the motorcyclist’s vitals, but he did not have signs of life, and we had no other choice than to verify his death.”
Other motorists also were involved in collisions but escaped with their lives. A 50-year-old woman was injured in an accident near the Dead Sea on Sunday. In a central West Bank settlement, a 25-year-old man was injured.
Two people in their 70s sustained moderate injuries after their car was hit by a truck near Jerusalem. A 25-year-old man was injured in a Jerusalem accident later that day.