As much as 10 inches of snow fell on Yerushalayim overnight, forcing police to shut the main arteries to and from the capital and cancel public transportation operations.
The Israel Electric Corporation said that despite the storm, there were no hitches in supplying customers with power.
Heavy snow began falling in Yerushalayim overnight, changing over from frozen rain late Thursday to begin accumulating. According to Ynet, as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches) fell in Yerushalayim, and areas of the Galilee and Golan Heights received over 1 foot (30 cm) of snow.
The Yerushalayim Municipality asked residents not to use the roads during the storm. The Yerushalayim bus service, including intercity buses to and from the capital, was canceled. The train running from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim remained operational on Friday, but at a slower pace than usual.
The Israel Railways said Thursday that it was increasing service to and from Yerushalayim, with trains setting off in either direction once per hour. This service is expected to continue until right before Shabbos begins.
Magen David Adom paramedics helped a woman deliver a baby girl in their ambulance overnight during the snowstorm in Yerushalayim. The baby was born without complications, and she and her mother were taken to Bikur Cholim Hospital.
Rescue personnel in Yerushalayim pitched in to help a chosson and kallah make their way home from their wedding.
Schools in and around Jerusalem, including Givat Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, Kiryat Arba, Beit El and Kiryat Yearim, and in some cities in the Golan Heights were expected to remain closed Friday, the Education Ministry announced.
Prime Minister Netanyahu attended a situation assessment meeting in Yerushalayim Thursday, laying out goals for authorities and emergency services.
“The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity,” he said, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Netanyahu urged citizens to heed the warnings and instructions of authorities.
Over 200 snow plows, mechanical diggers and salt trucks, and dozens of 4 x 4 vehicles were on standby in order to clear the streets, the Yerushalayim Municipality said.
The precautions in Yerushalayim were driven by memories of a surprisingly heavy storm in December 2013, which blanketed the capital for days, blocking roads, bringing down power lines and trees, causing blackouts and cutting off the capital to travel.
Read more: The Times of Israel