Unseasonably cold weather descended on Israel Sunday. Intermittent rain, thunderstorms and hail are expected in the country's north and in mountains in the center.
Snow began falling around 8 A.M. Sunday morning on Mount Hermon, with accumulation of about five centimeters (two inches). The ski resort at the site will be closed to visitors as heavier snow is expected later in the day.
The coastal plains will see isolated rain showers with strong gusts of wind.
Haze has descended on the south of the country and there is a risk of flash floods in the Jordan valley, the Judean desert and at the Dead Sea.
The rain will slow near evening. The storm will also be felt along the shore, with waves on the Mediterranean reaching between 160 and 320 centimeters. Western and north-western winds will blow at 30 to 50 kilometers per hour (18 to 30 miles).
Monday will be partly cloudy with a slight warmer temperatures; however, it will still be unseasonably chilly. The north of the country can expect isolated showers through the afternoon.
Tuesday will be partly cloudy as the temperature continues to rise.
On Wednesday, a significant increase in temperature is expected, along with a drop in humidity – leading to temperatures slightly above the seasonal average. Wednesday's skies will be partly cloudy and clear at times.
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