Jerusalem, Northern Israel Become Winter Wonderlands

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After days of anticipation, the season’s first snowfall finally began in Jerusalem late Monday, as authorities readied for action in case of dangerous road conditions or power outages.

Though temperatures in the daytime were still too warm for snow to accumulate, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) said that as temperatures dropped to minus 1 degree centigrade overnight, snow would probably begin to stick by the time Jerusalemites awoke in the morning. The service said that if low temperatures and precipitation continued, snow could blanket the capital to a depth of 5 to 10 centimeters.

The National Traffic Police announced Monday night that due to poor road conditions, it had decided to briefly close Route 443 in both directions between Jerusalem and Modi’in. It was reopened about an hour later, recalling police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s earlier announcement that highways to and from the capital would be promptly closed to traffic if there was a safety threat caused by the weather.

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