Jerusalemites embrace the snow around the city

Children and adults wrap up warm and brave the cold temperatures, to enjoy the snowfall.

Haredim admire the view of the Old City 390 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Haredim admire the view of the Old City 390
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Snow fell on Jerusalem Thursday overnight, after days of preparation by the municipality. At least 3 cm of snow fell by early Friday morning, with weather forecasters predicting at least 10 cm throughout the day.
Throughout the day on Thursday, the Jerusalem Municipality conducted feasibility studies regarding potential snowfall for that night and the weekend. Depending on the situation and the updated weather forecasts, the city said it would place on call approximately 50 snow plows, salt spreaders – filled with 40 tons of salt – and other equipment for maintaining the city’s main arteries. Also in the works was a system for identifying freezing points and distributing salt on main thoroughfares.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat ordered municipal teams to prioritize clearing the snow from the main roads, so as to enable emergency vehicles to pass through.