Heavy rains, floods, some snow as storm moves in
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Heavy rains, floods, some snow as storm moves in

Snow to fall in mountains, likely including Jerusalem, with wind gusts up to 80 kph and 8-meter waves in Mediterranean

Rainstorm in Tel Aviv, January 3, 2016 (Esther Rubyan/Flash90)
Rainstorm in Tel Aviv, January 3, 2016 (Esther Rubyan/Flash90)

Heavy rains were falling throughout Israel Sunday morning, with snow predicted to spread from the Galilee southward on Monday.

Thunderstorms and even hail were predicted as far south as the northern Negev, with dangerous flash floods expected in the desert riverbeds of the West Bank and Negev.

Snow began dusting Mount Hermon’s ski slopes Sunday morning, and the site was closed to visitors. Nightfall is expected to bring several centimeters of additional snow to the mountain, spreading to the surrounding Golan Heights and then to the hills of the Galilee on Monday. There is some chance of snow in lower mountainous areas, including in Jerusalem, by Monday morning.

Forecasters said a low-pressure system across the eastern Mediterranean has been driving the stormy weather against Israel’s shores.

While precipitation is expected to lessen into Monday and Tuesday, temperatures will fall, increasing the likelihood of snowfall throughout much of the country. Periodic rains and unusually cold weather will continue into Wednesday.

Forecasters also expect gusting winds and stormy seas over the next two days, with southwestern winds blowing at up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) and waves in the Mediterranean that could reach as high as eight meters (26 feet).

On Sunday, temperatures are expected to range in Tel Aviv from 8° to 14°C (46° – 57°F), Jerusalem 2° to 5°C (36° – 41°F), Haifa 9° to 14°C (48° – 57°F), Beersheba 6° to 12°C (43° – 54°F), Safed 0 to -4°C (32° – 39°F) and Eilat 8° to 17°C (46° – 63°F).

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