January 31, 2008 / 8:14 AM / 10 years ago

Snow covers Jerusalem for second night

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem, some of northern Israel and hilly areas in the occupied West Bank were covered in a blanket of snow for the second day in a row on Thursday and many cars stayed off roads due to hazardous driving conditions.

Girls throw snowballs in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem January 30, 2008. REUTERS/Mahfouz Abu Turk

The main highway between coastal Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was closed at higher altitude for a while, preventing heavy morning traffic entering and leaving the city, although most routes reopened by 8:30 a.m. (0630 GMT), a police spokesman said.

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The coldest winter storm of the season brought several centimeters (inches) of snow to much of Jerusalem and covered the holy sites in and around the Old City with a picturesque white blanket.

Schools and many shops remained closed and streets were largely deserted. Forecasters said the storm was expected to pass later on Thursday.

Jerusalem typically gets at least one snow storm a year.

Writing by Ori Lewis, Editing by Alison Williams

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