The first storm of the winter season may have subsided, but its effects are still here, as 60 centimeters of snow accumulated in the Golan, Galilee and Hermon mountains and floods blocked routes in the area of the Dead Sea.
Watch: Snow in the north, floods in the south
The peak of the first winter storm of the season in Israel has already passed, but its remnants are still here, as the weather across the country continues to be grey, cold and rainy.
At Mount Hermon, 45 centimeters of snow accumulated at the mountain’s lower level, while 60 centimeters of snow were recorded on the top. The Mount Hermon ski resort will be closed for visitors today, as the road to the site is blocked off for traffic. The snow in the area is expected to resume during the night.
Israel or Switzerland? The Golan Heights Photo Credit: Shaked Yaron / Channel 2 News
Workers at the ski resort have started the snow removal efforts, in order to try and open the site for visitors as soon as the winter campaign comes to an end, which is expected to take place on Monday. The many Israelis who made their way to the north in order to catch a glimpse of the snow have been caught in traffic jams.
Snow at Kibbutz Merom Golan, this morning Photo Credit: Eran Glick / Channel 2 News
The Golan Regional Council called on Israeli travelers to come and see the rivers flowing, the waterfalls gushing and the snow accumulating at the northern Golan Heights. Meanwhile, in Israel’s south, Highway 90 is blocked in the area od the Dead Sea, after the heavy rains caused the rivers’ water level to rise – which lead to floods.
Floods in the area of the Dead Sea Photo Credit : Traffic Department / Channel 2 News
In the Bedouin village of Al-Sayyid in the Negev, more than 3,000 residents are trapped after a flood blocked off the entrance and exit to the village north of Beersheba. “The power is out, we have no gas, there are sick people here and ambulances cannot enter the village to evacuate them,” one of the residents told Channel 2 Online News. “We called the police and the council and nobody is helping us.”
The horses at the Golan Heights were also covered in snow Photo Credit: Shefi Mor / Channel 2 News