Bad weather: heaviest snowfall in Jerusalem since '92

Schools shut; ice brings traffic to a stop

10 January, 11:25

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 10 - Experts say that Jerusalem was clobbered Wednesday by the "heaviest snowfall since 1992" after forecasts predicting the downpour proved spot on.

Schools and nurseries were closed and police shut a main motorway linking the city to Tel Aviv because of icey conditions. The city's emergency response chief, Elisha Peleg, urged people to stay at home and not to go out on the roads. "Between 10 - 15cm of snow fell in the centre of Jerusalem", Peleg told military radio, "and much more in outlying areas." "Elderly residents of Jerusalem can't remember snowfall as heavy as this." He added that temperatures are expected to rise this afternoon and at that point people may be able to go out to stock up on necessities.

Elsewhere, the rest of the country has been pummeled, including much of Galilee which is under a blanket of snow. Up to 30cm of the white stuff fell in Safed and snowfall also hit further south in Dimona and Neghev.

Rain continues to pour in Tel Aviv as temperatures slide. (ANSAmed).

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