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A massive snow storm on Thursday caused road closures and preventing anyone from entering and leaving Jerusalem reported The Washington Post on December 12, 2013.

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The Israeli weather service stated that the snow storm on Thursday was the most snow received in December in over 50 years.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called the event “a rare storm, the likes of which we’ve never seen.”

"We are currently using all means available to save the people stuck in the storm. Only after the weather calms will we be able to open all of the roadways in the city," Barkat said Friday morning.
Parts of Highway 1 that connect Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were closed for several hours during the snow fall, but later reopened once the snow began to melt.

The public was advised to stay in their homes, stay off the roads and avoid travel to Jerusalem.

Thousands of homes in Jerusalem lost power on Friday due to downed power lines.
The massive snowfall hindered repair crews from the Israel Electric Company in restoring power because they could not reach the downed power lines.

Ben Gurion International Airport was closed on Friday as a result of the storm. Some incoming flights were redirected to Larnaca, Cyprus.

The storm also caused flash flooding near the Dead Sea.

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