The rain, wind and snow that began to bear down on Israel over the weekend has strengthened Saturday night along with a severe temperature drop and blustery winds across the country.

Tel Aviv this morning

Tel Aviv this morning Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Rain, thunderstorms and hail is expected to continue throughout the country. Snow began to fall on Mount Hermon and will continue spreading north. As of this morning, schools are functioning as usual in the northern, wintery regions of Israel.

The Mount Hermon ski resort reported that temperatures reached -3 degrees Celsius and that they are looking forward to the snow continuing to fall.

All traffic routes headed towards the Hermon site are blocked off and the Hermon ski site is still closed at the moment. The Mount Hermon site manager Liron Mills told Channel 2 News this morning: “It’s another snowy morning from Mount Hermon. An additional layer of snow piled up and we hope that the snow will continue falling today and tomorrow. Transportation routes are closed but we hope we will be able to open up the site as soon as possible.”

Snow in the Mount Hermon site

Snow in the Mount Hermon site Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Scattered snow showers will continue to spread tomorrow (Monday) from the mountains to the center of the country and the northern region of the Negev. On Tuesda,y snow might reach the upper neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Currently, it seems that there is a chance that the snow will pile up to a few centimeters, mainly in the high mountains in Israel’s center like the Gush Etzion area. On Tuesday, light snow may fall in the Negev Highlands and in Mitzpe Ramon. On Wednesday, the rain will stop but temperatures will remain relatively low for the season.