Snowstorm Slams Israel — Roads and Schools Close by the Forward

Snowstorm Slams Israel — Roads and Schools Close

The main roads were closed into Jerusalem as the worst storm of the year gathered strength.

The storm moved in late Tuesday night and many Israelis woke Wednesday morning to freezing temperatures and snow in the air.

Snow covered the Golan, with schools closed Wednesday morning in Israel’s Golan and Galilee regions, as heavy rain socked northern and central Israel.

Schools also were closed throughout Jerusalem, including the Hebrew University, which announced Tuesday it would cancel classes for the rest of the week. A dusting of snow became visible Wednesday morning. Schools also were closed in many areas of the West Bank, where power also is out in several settlements.

The heavy rain and wind knocked over trees and power lines, leaving parts of Tel Aviv and Petah Tikvah without electricity starting Wednesday morning.

Flooding is also a concern for central Israel, as is the limited visibility expected due to sand storms in the south of the country.

Despite heavy hail at Ben Gurion International Airport, most airlines continued to fly on their regular schedules. Some 1,500 extra Israeli troops moved to northern Israel to help close roads as needed and to dig out stranded drivers.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency in the West Bank and Gaza, with emergency crews being deployed throughout the West Bank and Gaza families living near the coast evacuated over flooding fears. Syria and Lebanon also faced heavy snowfalls.

Snow and rain are expected to continue to fall in northern and central Israel throughout Thursday and Friday, with more rain expected over the weekend.


Snowstorm Slams Israel — Roads and Schools Close

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Snowstorm Slams Israel — Roads and Schools Close

Thank you!

This article has been sent!