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Storm brings rain and flooding to south as more snow falls on Hermon

Route 90 closed in both directions and motorists advised to find alternative routes; ski resort shut due to adverse weather conditions; rain set to weaken in coming days

Flooding in the south of Israel, on February 5, 2022. (Screenshot/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
Flooding in the south of Israel, on February 5, 2022. (Screenshot/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

Some roads in the south were blocked by flooding on Saturday as a storm brought heavy rainfall to many parts of the country as well as more snow to the Hermon.

Route 90, a north-south artery, was closed in both directions between the Dead Sea hotel area to Ein Gedi due to flooding from streams in the area.

In addition, Route 232 was blocked in both directions by the Habesor suspension bridge.

Police advised motorists to find alternative routes.

The Mount Hermon ski resort in the Golan Heights announced it will stay closed on Saturday due to the weather conditions. The site said it would update the public on when it expects to reopen.

The rain is expected to gradually weaken in the coming days, with weather set to be dry and warmer by mid-week. However, rain is set to return next weekend.

Last month, Storm Elpis battered the country, delighting residents of Jerusalem with a rare snowfall, as well as dumping snow on the Golan Heights. Israel’s central hilly region, including Jerusalem, gets snowfall once every few years, though forecasts for snow often don’t pan out.

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