Jerusalem encounters rare snowfall

After a winter storm blanketed parts of the region’s higher altitudes with snow, Jerusalem was shrouded in white on Thursday.

The magnificent golden Dome of the Rock in the holy city was powdered with snow. As municipal snowplows laboured to clear streets, main roadways to Jerusalem and its major arteries were closed, and schools and businesses were shuttered for the day.

Due to the hazardous traffic conditions, Israel Police also stopped major highways in the mountainous West Bank. Snowfall in the hills surrounding Jerusalem is rare, occurring maybe once or twice a year.


The eastern Mediterranean has been battered by a winter storm, which has brought severe rainfall and wind to the Middle East. Earlier this week, snow-blanketed Istanbul and Athens.

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