The first snowfall of Israel’s winter season covered Mount Hermon, located in Israel’s north, with several centimeters of snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
With its high elevation, the Upper Hermon is usually the first place in Israel to see snow each year. The snow began falling at 5905 feet above sea level, Arutz Sheva reported, and IDF bases located in the area were buried in several centimeters of accumulation as temperatures plunged to 1 degree Celsius (33 degrees Fahrenheit).
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On the lower slopes of the mountain, temperatures were measured at 3 degrees Celsius, and strong winds were reported.
The mountain is home to one of Israel’s two skiing retreats, the Mount Hermon Ski Resort. There is only one other ski resort in the generally temperate country.
Winters in Israel are cool, windy and rainy. While coastal areas rarely see snow, the elevated Jerusalem region will usually have one large snowstorm per season.
Last year, snow didn’t appear on Mount Hermon until early January, making this week’s snowfall earlier than usual.