JERUSALEM (Jan. 16)
Israel’s capital began to dig out today from under the worst snow storm to hit it in the memory of most of its inhabitants.
As the snow, which exceeded 12 inches yesterday, began to melt, pedestrians and private cars once more appeared on the streets. Squads from the department of water supply and the municipal electric corporation set to work repairing damage caused by the snow and gale force winds that had paralyzed this city for more than 24 hours and isolated it from the rest of the country. Public transportation is expected to be resumed tomorrow.
Heavy snow still covered the Galilee hills and other parts of Israel where most roads remained blocked today. But Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the coast, received some warm sunshine this morning, indicating that the storm was over. At its height yesterday, police and military personnel distributed bread and milk to inhabitants of outlying areas of Jerusalem and provided transportation to hospitals in emergency cases. Schools were shut down but most groceries and dairy shops in Jerusalem re-opened this morning.