Monday Storm Updates from Eretz Yisrael [UPDATED 15:00 IL]


Kuvien Snow In Jerusalem 2013 ---14413 Teves 5774/07:55 IL: YWN-ISRAEL apologizes for the interruption of service, which was the result of storm-related outages.

• Israel Electric Company officials report 8,000 families nationwide are still without power. There were 28,000 on motzei Shabbos. 4,500 of the outages are in homes in and around Yerushalayim.
• Some yishuvim in Yehuda and Shomron have been without electricity, water, phones, and mobile phone reception since Thursday.
• Jerusalem schools are closed today due to ice conditions.
• Egged buses halted service in the capital on Sunday night due to ice conditions.
• Jerusalem’s Uzi Narkiss Bridge is closed in both directions due to ice.
• Jerusalem City Hall will not have public hours today due to hazardous conditions in the area from icing.
• Route 443 is open in both directions. Heavy delays reported.
• No schools for students residing in Ariel, Yitzhar, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha, Itamar, Abu Gosh, and all of Tzfas.

• Intercity bus service to and from the capital has resumed. Bus and light rail service in the capital remains suspended at this time.

Ichud Hatzalah reports EMTs delivered two children, a girl and a boy a short time ago as the mothers were stuck in traffic traveling on the road between Atarot and Machane Ofir.

• The Minharot Tunnel Road between Yerushalayim and Gush Etzion remains closed.
• Route 8900 into Tzfas is closed in both directions.
• Route 375, the Hussan Bypass Road is closed in both directions.
• Route 234, Tzeilim Bridge is closed in both directions due to flooding.

• Limited bus service reportedly starting up in areas of Yerushalayim.
• Light rail service in the capital still down.


• 100 people have reported to Jerusalem emergency rooms since 7:00 AM with suspected fractures as a result of slipping in the ice.
• Heavy traffic on Highway 1 from Latrun to Ein Hemed.
• The light rail remains out of service.
• Limited city bus service restored in the capital.
• Hebrew University has canceled all classes today.
• The National Labor Court is the only courthouse operating in the capital today.

11:50 Update from Israel Police:
• Roads in and out of Tzfas remain closed
• The Hussan Bypass Road and Minharot Tunnel Highway open sporadically
• Highway 1 very congested. Drivers are urged to used alternate routes.

The Minharot Tunnel Road is open in the direction of the capital. Gush Etzion Regional Council officials add the IDF has ordered the closure of the road at 18:00.

The Jerusalem light rail is running again between French Hill and the central bus station.

If your car is one of the hundreds towed, you may call 100 and police operators will be able to tell you what facility it was taken to.

While numerous bus lines are operating in Yerushalayim, service is limited and routes are changed, a dictated by a bus’ ability to navigate streets.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Thanks for these updates. I really feel part of Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael. It’s a Mitzvah to inquire about the peace (Status) of Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael.