Jerusalem welfare officials have said they will house homeless people in hotels if the expected snowstorm materializes. Heavy snow is falling at this hour on the Hermon and is expected to spread to the Galilee, Jerusalem and further south Wednesday afternoon. Jerusalem's road crews are on standby alert to keep main routes clear for emergency vehicles.
Residents throughout Israel are warned that high winds will sweep through the country, and tree branches near electric power lines should be cut down. Objects that might be blown away and cause damage or injury should be brought inside or tied down. Drainage openings from roofs should be cleaned.