Jerusalem blanketed by heaviest snowfall in two decades

Click photo to download. Caption: Snowfall in Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Screenshot of Israel Hayom video.( Jerusalemites woke up to a world of white on Thursday morning, as the city experienced its heaviest snowfall since 1992, Israel Hayom reported.

Jerusalem municipal official Elisha Peleg told Army Radio that 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) of snow had accumulated in the center of Jerusalem, with higher amounts piling up in outlying areas.

“The downtown area is bathed in white,” Peleg said.

The snow blocked the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway and public transportation inside Jerusalem was operating on a reduced basis. Schools in the city were closed.

President Shimon Peres came outside to enjoy the snow after his security guards built a snowman at the entrance to the presidential residence in Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem has many colors,” Peres said. “In the morning in the sunshine, she is golden. In the sunset, she is blueish. But when she is white, it so rare, so beautiful, so unifying. Whatever happens in Jerusalem is a blessing. This time is a blessing in white.”

Posted on January 10, 2013 .