Israel Hit by Snowstorms, Gales in First Big Freeze of the Winter

January 7, 2019

by: Ahiya Raved

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A snow storm has hit Mt Hermon in a week of wild weather across Israel.

Monday, 7 January 2019 | Israelis shivered and fought the winds as another round of inclement weather hit the country Sunday, with temperatures dipping to the winter’s new low. Rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms swept down from the top of the country to the southern coastal plain, and in the north more than 20 millimeters of rain has dropped since Saturday evening, according to the Western Galilee’s meteorological center. Meanwhile, Mount Hermon, where Israel has its sole skiing facility, was closed to visitors due to blizzard conditions.

Strong winds were expected to spread throughout the country Sunday, except in the south, where it was expected to be misty and dry. Flood warnings were in place in the north for Sunday afternoon, as the rain was expected to spread and strengthen.

By evening, light snow was expected in the northern Golan Heights and the Galilee mountains, including the villages adjacent to Hermon.

According to the Meteo-Tech meteorological company, two storm systems will hit the region simultaneously at the beginning of the week, with the third hitting the country on Saturday, giving way to the coldest weather so far this winter with some 100–150 millimeters [4–6 in] of rain expected to fall throughout the week.

The southwest winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 96.5 kilometers per hour (60 mph), while the height of the waves could reach up to 4 meters (13 ft).

The storms will gradually weaken toward Monday, but intermittent rain and snow is expected to fall in the northern parts of the country and at Mount Hermon. Although the winds might weaken slightly, in northern Israel gusts still could reach a speed of up to 112 kilometers per hour (70 mph).

On Tuesday, it will be rainy and stormy in the north of the country once again, while snow will continue to accumulate on Mount Hermon. In central Israel, conditions will be foggy, accompanied by possible showers in the afternoon. In the south of the country, the weather will be dry and cloudy.

Posted on January 7, 2019

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on January 6, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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