Storms continue to batter Israel in rainiest winter in decade
The rain will intensify over the coming days and temperatures will drop, making snow likely in the north and possible in Jerusalem.
Sunday's rains pushed Lake Kinneret up another three centimeters, and more stormy weather is on its way as the Water Authority declared this the rainiest winter of the past decade.
According to the Meteo-Tech meteorology service, the rain will intensify over the coming days and temperatures will drop, making snow likely in the north and possible in Jerusalem.
Monday will be particularly stormy with winds that could reach 100 kilometers per hour. Tomorrow there will be periodic showers and thunderstorms, accompanied by high winds in the north and center, with snow on Mount Hermon. Wednesday will see more rain and thunderstorms, with hail and strong winds in most parts of the country as well as sharply lower temperatures.
The level of Lake Kinneret reached -211.79 meters on Sunday afternoon, 1.81 meters higher than on the same date last year. The lake still needs 2.99 meters to reach its upper red line. The additional rain forecast for this week is expected to raise the lake level markedly higher.
Tourism operators in the north are reporting an increase in bookings at bungalows and guest houses from vacationers who want to see the surging streams and the expected snow.
"There's no doubt that the snow will be a blessing for all the tourism operators in the Golan and the Galilee," said Shefi Mor, tourism manager for Kibbutz Merom Golan. "We're definitely looking forward to it." Commuters should check traffic reports for weather-related disruptions.
Sunday's rain flooded the underground train station in Herzliya, and train service between Haifa and Tel Aviv was suspended for two hours.