The storm front that brought heavy rainfall throughout Israel over the weekend is expected to intensify over the next few days, and according to the latest weather reports could even bring a precious dusting of white to Jerusalem.
The Israel Meteorological Service on Sunday forecast that, over five days, the weather system would cause precipitation equal to the average rainfall for the entire month of January.
Weatherman Uri Batz said the storm was unusually intense — even for the height of winter.
“While in Kibbutz Ayalon in the western Galilee, for instance, there are on average 180 millimeters (7.1 inches) of rain, we’re forecasting that in the coming week the precipitation will exceed that,” Maariv quoted Batz as saying. “In Haifa we’re expecting about 150 millimeters from the current weather system, while the average for the entire month of January in the city is 130 millimeters.”
The expected rainfall in Jerusalem — 90 millimeters — although heavy, fell short of the monthly average of 130, Batz said.
Atypically, heavy rains were also expected in the southern resort city of Eilat, where vacationers and residents were asked to watch for flash floods, especially on Tuesday night.
At the other end of the country, Mount Hermon experienced some heavy snowfall over the weekend, and according to the latest estimates, the snow was expected to reach a height of over a meter (3.3 feet).
After a chilly weekend, temperatures are expected to further drop on Monday, with winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph).
Over Friday and Saturday, the heavy rainfall caused flooding in various areas. In Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, three motorists were extracted from their cars after they got stuck in a large puddle, which rescue services said was more than a meter deep.