It's No Blizzard, but Rain and Cold Wave Hits Israel

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Snow in the northern Golan Heights, January 24, 2016.
Snow in the northern Golan Heights, January 24, 2016.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

Snowfall hits Safed

Snow begins to fall in the highest neighborhoods of Safed.

A rainbow spreads across the sky near the West Bank village of Al-Auja.

Wow.Credit: AFP

20 centimeters of snow fall on Mount Hermon

About 20 centimeters of snow pile up on Hermon Mount. Snow forecasted to fall in Jerusalem area by Tuesday.

Storm in northern Golan Heights, January 24, 2015.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

Rain, hail and thunderstorms from north Israel to the Negev

Rain falls from northern Israel to the Negev, accompanied by hail and thunderstorms. There is a risk of flooding for streams in eastern Israel, as well as for other locations throughout the country.

Rain falls in Israel's Shokeda forest, Jan. 23, 2016.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Mount Hermon ski site shut down

Mount Hermon ski site and road leading to it closed after snow fell in the area overnight.

Children play in the snow in the Golan Heights. Credit: Gil Eliahu

Cold wave with rain and snow expected to hit Israel

It may not compare to the blizzard on the U.S. East Coast, but a cold wave accompanied by large amounts of rain and even snow is expected to hit Israel, starting Sunday morning. The snow will begin to fall in the northern mountains and spread by Tuesday to the central mountains and the Jerusalem area.

Meteo Tech forecast that rain will begin on Sunday morning and spread from the north to the Negev, accompanied by thunderstorms and hail. Temperatures will drop and streams in the eastern regions may flood.

Snow is expected to fall in the northern Golan Heights and on Galilee mountaintops higher than 800 meters (2,625 feet). At night, the snow may spread to the central mountains east of Ramallah and Hebron.

The stormy weather will continue Monday and snow will fall on Mount Hermon and in the Golan Heights.

It will become colder on Monday night, with a rising chance of snow in the Jerusalem area. However, its still not clear if the snow will settle on the ground or melt immediately.