The winter snowstorm last week unfortunately led to increased chilul Shabbos and an estimated 40,000 plus Israelis traveled north on Shabbos to enjoy the snow.
Heavy traffic was reported on many northern roadways on motzei Shabbos including Route 65, the Nachal I’ron area (Wadi Ara) along with Routes 85, 90 and 77.
According to police, at least 5,000 visitors made their way to the Mt. Hermon ski lodge and an estimated 40,000 Israelis visited nature reserves areas that were blanked with fresh snow.
The chilul Shabbos was also apparent in Yerushalayim as many non-frum residents of other areas came to see the remnants of the snowfall in the capital.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)