A Christmas card come to life: Jerusalem hit by worst snowstorm for TWENTY YEARS as eight inches fall across Holy City

Unusually heavy snowfall as temperatures dip below freezing
Dome of the Rock and Western Wall bathed in white blanket
Prime Minister Natanyahu gets in on the fun with family snowball fight

By Steve Robson

PUBLISHED: 11:06 EST, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 21:33 EST, 10 January 2013

The Holy City of Jerusalem has been covered in a brilliant white blanket after the worst snowstorm in 20 years.

Schools and highways have been closed as up to eight inches of snow piled up in the city centre by this afternoon.

Israel and much of the surrounding region has been hit by five days of rain, wind and snow as temperatures have dipped below freezing.

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