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Winter's First Snow Falls on Israel's Mt. Hermon

Rest of Israel is windy and rainy today, watch out for desert floods, say forecasters

Mount Hermon, November 22, 2017.
Miki Inba/Mount Hermon ski resort

The first snow of this winter began falling Wednesday morning falling on Mt. Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel. About two centimeters of snow built up on the mountaintop, at about 1,800 meters above sea level.

Strong winds are whipping the site, but the air temperature is up to three degrees Celsius as of writing, above the freezing point.

The rest of Israel has not been kissed by snow yet, though it may rain from the north of the country to the northern Negev today, forecasters say, adding that the day is chillier than usual. Later the winds are expected to weaken. Forecasters warn of possible flash flooding in the Judean desert and Dead Sea area.

Mount Hermon, November 22, 2017.
Miki Inba/Mount Hermon ski resort
Mount Hermon, November 22, 2017.
Miki Inba/Mount Hermon ski resort
Mount Hermon, November 22, 2017.
Miki Inba/Mount Hermon ski resort