Rare snowstorm paralyses Jerusalem

2013-01-10 12:40

Jerusalem - The worst snowstorm in 20 years shut public transport, roads and schools in Jerusalem on Thursday and along the northern Israeli region bordering on Lebanon.

Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with Israel's municipality for Jerusalem, urged the city's residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Israel Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992.

He said 10 to 15cm of snow had piled up in the city centre and more than that in outlying areas. "The downtown area is bathed in white," Peleg said.

"The elders of Jerusalem don't remember such a snowstorm in years," Peleg also said.

Public transport had ground to a halt, and many vehicles that ventured onto roads were stuck, he added, urging citizens to remain at home.

"Make it a family day. In the afternoon, the temperatures are supposed to rise and you will be able to head out for some shopping," Peleg added.

Israel Radio said a highway linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv was blocked, and that much of the northern Galilee region was paralysed by snow, with 30cm said to have accumulated in the city of Safed.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-10 13:00

    It's global warming! Brrrrrrr......

      moriri.mosweu - 2013-01-10 13:14

      It used to be called manna from heaven, you had to catch it before sunrise or else it disappears...:)

  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2013-01-10 13:43

    Prep for a nuclear winter.

  • Carol Benater - 2013-01-10 14:18

    Can't believe how humans think, a snow storm can turn into racism and political. Jews are strong ppl, they have to be with all the idiots that cannot live their lives but spree hatred all the time.

      boom.baracus - 2013-01-10 14:37

      I agree 100% Carol. You'll get more comments on this article about a freaking snow storm than you will about the SIXY THOUSAND civilians killed by Assad in the country bordering Israel. It's ridiculous.

  • hilton.serman.5 - 2013-01-10 16:29

    Just enough snow for Palestinian children to build missile shape show structures on the Temple Mount. True colors or poorly informed decide!!! Either doesn't really help the peace process.

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