Jerusalem opens some schools, while classes in Safed still suspended

Public transportation is gradually being restored, while thousands are still without electricity.

A plow truck clears road of snow in Jerusalem 370 (photo credit: Daniel K. Eisenbud)
A plow truck clears road of snow in Jerusalem 370
(photo credit: Daniel K. Eisenbud)
The Jerusalem Municipality announced early Tuesday morning that some of its schools will open at 10 a.m. while most of the major roadways are ready to absorb traffic, as the capital continues to slowly return to a routine.
The municipality said that only schools which are deemed safe enough for students will be opened. The list of schools was approved jointly by school principals, municipality officials, and parent associations.
Authorities plan to deploy police and security guards near the schools in order to facilitate students' arrival and to ensure their safety in the vicinity of the buildings.
As for public transportation, Jerusalemites will be able to use the light rail beginning at 5:30 a.m. local time from the Pisgat Ze'ev station to the Central Bus Station terminus in both directions.
Jerusalem-bound buses from out of town began operations at 6:00 a.m. while buses heading out of the capital started to run at 7:00 a.m. Buses within the city will begin carrying passengers at 8:00 a.m. Authorities urge the public to check with the Egged bus company to receive updates.
Schools will remain closed on Tuesday in Safed, Ariel, Yitzhar, Itamar, Abu Ghosh, Ma'aleh Hahamisha, Ein Nakuba, Ein Rafa, and Tzur Hadassah.Classes at the Avital School in Merom Golan will begin at 9:00 a.m. The kindergartens in Kiryat Anavim, Bar Giora, Nes Harim, Shoresh, Shoeva, Beit Meir, Mata, Beit Zayit, Ramat Raziel, Zuba, Givat Ya'arim, Ora, Aminadav, Even Sapir, Moza, Neveh Ilan, and Mavo Beitar will all be closed.
While the storm may be passed, there remain over 3,250 households without electricity on Tuesday morning, half of them in Jerusalem. Access roads to settlements in Judea, Samaria, and the Safed region remain closed due to icy road conditions.
The storm also caused flooding in some of the tunnels used by the Israel Railways. As a result, there will be no train service to Ben-Gurion Airport and Modi'in. The train company will run alternate transportation to these destinations from Tel Aviv and Lod. The public is encouraged to check for updates as to the trains' availability.