Snow Blizzard in Northern Israel Shuts Down Hermon Ski Resort

Heavy snow and rain storms fall upon northern and central Israel; snowfall in Hebron causes heavy traffic; rain also expected in the Negev.

Israel was taken by storm Sunday as heavy snow and rain fell in the north and center of the country, causing Mount Hermon ski resort to shut down.

A snow blizzard throughout northern Israel caused students to be sent home early, due to fears the roads will close.

Hermon snow - Kfir Banin - Jan. 22, 2012
Snow blanketing Israel's Mount Hermon, January 22, 2012.Kfir Banin

Snow also reached the West Bank, where Hebron and the surrounding areas experienced snowfall which, according to Palestinian reports, caused heavy traffic jams.

Israel also broke an all-time record for electricity use on Sunday, reaching 11,100 megawatts. The Electricity Company called on Israelis to cut back on consumption after blackouts throughout the country.

Hermon snow - January 22, 2012
Israelis admiring the snow at Mount Hermon ski resort, January 22, 2012.Yuval Lieber

The heavy rain has also helped the Kinneret, causing the water level to rise by 3.5 centimeters since Thursday and bringing it to 213.335 centimeters below sea level.

More heavy storms are expected to take place later on Sunday, and rain and possible floods are expected in the Negev and the Judean Desert.

Read this story in Hebrew