Mount Hermon open to skiers, Kinneret level rises

Winter weather leaves 1.5 meters of snow on upper slopes; despite showers, Lake Kinneret remains under "bottom red line."

Hermon snow sled kid 311 (photo credit: Channel 10)
Hermon snow sled kid 311
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Mount Hermon was opened to skiers and non-skiers on Sunday morning after about one meter of snow covered the lower part of the mountain and 1.5 meters covered the upper slopes.
Heavy snow storms hit the northern Golan Heights over the weekend, causing the temporary closure of all major roads to the area. Snow fell in Ein Zivan in addition to the Mount Hermon area. Light snow was expected to continue at Mount Hermon throughout Sunday.
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The weekend also brought heavy rainfall across the country, with the level of Lake Kinneret rising 11cm.
However despite the showers, the lake's water level still remained low after years of insufficient rainfall. The lake's level is still 44cm under the "bottom red line."
The Israel Meteorological Service forecasted partly cloudy weather for Sunday, with isolated light rain until the afternoon, mainly in the North. Temperatures were expected to rise, but still remain cooler than average for the season.
Scattered light rain was expected to continue in the North on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday were expected to remain unseasonably cool with isolated light showers in the North and Center.