Jerusalem Covered in Snow

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jerusalemites were in treated to a rare early snow on Thursday.

Jerusalem usually gets snow once every few years and almost never in December. But the Holy City has seen snow for the last three winters in a row.
Unlike cities that have regular snowfall, a small amount is enough for the city to grind to a halt. Many city residents take the opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland.

The heavy snowfall (for Jerusalem) began around 7:00 a.m. creating some confusion as to whether or not there would be school in Jerusalem.  Eventually, it was decided to close schools in Jerusalem as there were elsewhere in the country.

Before noon, most public transportation had stopped and the main highway into Jerusalem was shut down.

And weathermen say it's not over yet.  The stormy weather is expected to last through Saturday.

A major cold front from Russia blew into the region earlier this week bringing with it high winds, heavy rain and yes -- snow.

Jerusalem received nearly a month's worth of rain in the first day and half of the storm.  The precipitation is welcomed after a completely warm and dry November.

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