Rare snow in Holy City as Jerusalem blanketed by freak snowstorms in incredible scenes

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People living in the Holy City and some of northern Israel woke up to the rare weather phenomenon. Worshippers had to walk through inches of snow to reach the holy sites including the snow-capped Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.

Due to snow being extremely rare in the city, children were photographed watching the flakes fall and some even began hurling snowballs at each other.

Abed Shabany, 39, took his two sons to play on a hill overlooking the ancient city.

He said: “I haven’t seen anything like this for years.

“There’s no school today so I’m just going around with the kids making snowmen and snowballs.

“I think it’s a good sign. It will be a good year, I hope.”

Police closed off several highways leading into Jerusalem and bus services were suspended inside the city.

According to Jerusalem mayor Moshie Lion around 210 snow ploughs worked throughout the night to clear the city streets.

Israeli media reported around 20cm of snow fell overnight.

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According to travel officials, this marked the airport’s first shutdown since it replaced Istanbul’s old Ataturk Airport as the new hub for Turkish Airlines in 2019.

The airport said in a statement: “Due to adverse conditions, all flights have been temporarily stopped for air safety.”

This year’s first snow saw cars ploughing into each with some skidding down steep, sleet-covered streets.

Athens was also covered in snow earlier this week with schools and vaccination centres being forced to close.

Hundreds of motorists were trapped in cars around the capital despite attempts by police to seal off motorway entry points.

One driver told Star TV: “My wife has had nothing to eat since morning.

“We had a small bottle of water between us.

“Everything is frozen stiff.”

Last year, freezing temperatures across Athens killed four people on the islands of Evia and Crete.

Tens of thousands of households were left without electricity for days.

Kostas Lagouvardos, research director at the National Observatory of Athens, told ANT1 TV that the capital had not seen back-to-back winters like this since 1968.



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