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Heavy Snow Hits Jerusalem for Second Time in Two Weeks; City Alerted

Snow fell for the second consecutive day today in Jerusalem and for the second time in two weeks – as the city girded for a possible repeat of the havoc caused by the earlier storm.

The Knesset (Parliament) prudently cut its session short last night so that members could get home before roads became impassable and public transport suspended – as It was two weeks ago. Several morning newspapers thought this too timid and roundly criticized the Knesset presidium in editorials today.

But Jerusalemites, who are supposed to experience only two snowfalls a decade according to weather bureau statistics, were taking no chances. Emergency services were organized by the municipality and snow clearing equipment was primed and ready. The only mishaps reported initially were frozen fuel in central heating pipelines and several collisions as automobiles skidded on the snow-slicked streets.