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The winter storm and snows over the past few days that had been predicted in Israel never materialized. Still, some areas have received considerable precipitation since the weekend.

The rain is expected to let up today and tomorrow and to return over the weekend.

According to the Meteo-Tech meterological service, between 90 and 120 millimeters of rain fell on the Golan Heights since Saturday, some 60 millimeters fell at Ben-Gurion International Airport and some 70 millimeters in Jerusalem.

But the most impressive rainfall was in the northern Negev. Be'er Sheva saw 60 millimeters in three days, of which 40 millimeters fell in a little more than 24 hours, which is unusual for the region.

Some 60 millimeters of rain also fell in Arad.

According to Israel Meterological Service data for January, rainfall did not reach the multi-year average, but the deficit was not extreme. The overall average rainfall for the country was between 60 and 90 percent of the multi-year average.

The northern mountains saw 300 to 400 millimeters of rain, which is 75 to 85 percent of the average.

Rainfall deficit

Between 250 to 300 millimeters fell on the northern coastal plain, which is 65 to 70 percent of its average. January in central and southern Israel saw a larger rainfall deficit, with only half the multi-year average for those regions falling.

Today's temperatures will be relatively unchanged from yesterday.

Tomorrow will warm up somewhat, but toward evening the rain will begin again, and continue into Friday. By nightfall the rain will spread from the north to the center, continuing into Saturday.