Storm Expected to Bring Up to a Foot of Snow to Jerusalem

City mobilizes snowplows and salt spreaders and warns that anyone who wants to get in or out of the city ought to do so before Thursday noon.

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Jerusalem covered in Snow, December 14,  2013.
Jerusalem covered in snow on December 14, 2013. The city is girding for a Thursday storm that forecasters expect to bring as much as a foot of snow.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Jerusalem is preparing for an expected Thursday afternoon snowstorm, mobilizing snowplows and salt spreaders and warning that anyone who wants to get in or out of the city ought to do so before noon.

In the face of forecasts of as much as a foot (30cm) of snow, the police are expected to close the roads in and out of the city when the storm starts.

Transport in the city - which has many narrow and difficult-to-navigate roads - is likely to be severely disrupted.

The Hebrew University has said that Thursday's classes will end at 12:45 P.M.

The Jerusalem Municipality said that on Thursday the city's schools, preschools, day care centers and special education classes will finish the day at noon.

Angel, a major bread baker in the city, is boosting its production and urging residents to stock up early because it won't be distributing selling on Friday.

It is expected to begin snowing in the Hermon and in the Golan on Thursday morning. The storm is expected spread to the Galilee and Safed around noon, and later to reach Jerusalem. In the evening, tens of centimeters of snow are expected in areas 500 meters or higher; mountains in the Negev might get snow overnight. 

Meanwhile, Turkey is being hammered by the second major snowstorm in a week. reported that the first storm hit western Turkey hard a week ago while the current one is likely to be focused more on the center and east of the country.

Istanbul, the country's largest city, located in its northwest corner, could see as much as 10 inches in the current storm, Accuweather reported.

The blizzard has disrupted air travel, with Daily Sabah reporting that Turkish Airlines on Tuesday and Wednesday canceled a total of 123 domestic and international flights.

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