A heavy snowstorm has shut down roads leading in and out of Jerusalem and covered Israel’s desert with a rare layer of white.
Snow has also landed in parts of the West Bank as a cold front swept through the Middle East. In Gaza, heavy rains that started on Thursday have been forecast for the rest of the week.
Jerusalem municipality spokeswoman Brachie Sprung says 10 inches of snow have already landed on the city, with more expected to fall.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has fun in the snow!
Israeli President Ruvi Rivlin enjoying the the snow in Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/8OsZBexG1r
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Temple Mount, including the Dome of the Rock, is covered in thick white snow.
PHOTOS: Stunning shots of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem covered with snow, as heavy snowstorm continues. pic.twitter.com/7sULccbkDe
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) February 20, 2015
…and the Kotel:
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— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) February 20, 2015
Looking over Jerusalem’s hills:
The Mount of Olives:
Still time to go to pray at the Kotel..
Preparing for Shabbat might be a little more difficult this week….
Gettin’ It Done: @UnitedHatzalah rescue Jeeps now in Geula neighborhood in Jerusalem as massive snowstorm continues. pic.twitter.com/BmW8JV992s” — Miriam L. Wallach (@MiriamLWallach) February 20, 2015
Miracles even happen during the snow it seems..
Desert towns of Beersheba, Dimona and Yerucham were sprinkled with white and residents of Arad proudly showed off a snowman.
Snow has also been falling since Thursday in Lebanon and on Friday, it paralysed most streets in the Jordanian capital, Amman.