JERUSALEM (Dec. 27)
Snow blanketed Jerusalem and the surrounding hills today and freezing rains lashed Tel Aviv on the coast, disrupting normal life in both cities and snarling traffic between them. Israel experiences snowfalls on an average of once in two years. Water and heating pipelines are above ground and freeze when the temperature drops. Israeli cars do not carry snow tires. It was expected that Jerusalem will be completely immobilized if the snow continues.