Snow has covered large areas of the Middle East, from Israel to Lebanon and Syria, causing chaos across the region.
Storm Alexa is the worst storm to have hit Jerusalem for 60 years, according to Meteorologists. And Cairo turned white as Egypt received snow for the first time in over a century.
Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv was closed for a short period while snow blocked highways connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Schools were closed and public transport was cancelled as thousands of homes went without power.
Citizens of the West Bank awoke to power cuts as Gaza residents dealt with heavy flooding.
The snowstorm, which was described by Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, as a "tsunami", comes after temperature highs and sunshine in November.
This article was first published on December 13, 2013