Mount Hermon already covered in snow
Mount Hermon already covered in snowBasel Awidat/Flash 90

The rain and snowstorm that began to bear down on Israel over the weekend have grown even stronger Sunday along with a sharp drop in temperatures and gusty winds across the country. 

Snow has already fallen on Mount Hermon and is expected to spread throughout the day to the northern Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee, even reaching Tzfat in the evening. 

Rains from the north to the Negev have also already started to fall on Sunday morning, and will be accompanied later in the day by thunderstorms and hail according to predictions. 

Meanwhile, flood warnings for streams and rivers in the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea region came into effect on Shabbat.

Residents of Gush Etzion communities as well as of Kiryat Arba in Judea reported late Sunday morning that snowflakes are also falling in the region, though they are not yet sticking. 

Temperatures will remain quite chilly on Monday and the rains will continue accompanied by thunderstorms from the north to the Negev.

Scattered snow showers will spread Monday to the mountains in the center of the country and the northern Negev region, and may even reach the upper neighborhoods of Jerusalem overnight Tuesday. 

The rains won't let up on Tuesday either, with their scope focused on the center and south of the country, and they will be accompanied by thunderstorms. Flood warnings in the Negev are to remain in effect. 

By Tuesday afternoon, the rain will weaken, ceasing totally on Wednesday, though temperatures will remain unseasonably cold. 

Temperatures Sunday will reach 9°C (48°F) in the Golan Heights, 14° (57°) at the Kinneret, 12° (54°) in Haifa, 14° in Tel Aviv, 13° (55°) in the Shfela region, 6° (43°) in Jerusalem, 12° in Be'er Sheva, 18° (64°) at the Dead Sea and 16° (61°) in Eilat.