Snow in Jerusalem Expected Next Week

Stormy weather to bring heavy rains, plummeting temperatures and possible flooding starting Tuesday.

Zafrir Rinat
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Snow in Jerusalem. Dec. 12, 2013.
Snow in Jerusalem. Dec. 12, 2013.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Zafrir Rinat
Zafrir Rinat

The Israel Meteorological Service warned on Thursday that stormy weather is expected next week, leading to possible snowfall in the mountains in the center of Israel and accumulated snow in the Jerusalem hills. The stormy weather is expected to last from Tuesday until at least Thursday.

According to the warning, the most significant winter front of the year is due to reach Israel next week, causing large amounts of rainfall in the north and in the center on Tuesday, together with strong winds, possible flooding, and plummeting temperatures.

Snow will begin to fall on Tuesday on the high mountaintops in the Galilee and in the Golan Heights, reaching additional areas in the Upper Galilee in the evening including Safed, and accumulating. The Mediterranean Sea will be rough, with waves reaching up to four meters. Conditions will become more severe in the course of Wednesday, as snowfall spreads to the mountains in the central region, including Jerusalem, and accumulates on the ground. The sea will continue to be rough. The stormy weather will probably last through Thursday as well, with continued snowfall and very cold temperatures.

On Thursday, the Israel Meteorological Service published its December wrap-up, according to which the amount of rainfall that month was the lowest in any December since 1993. Precipitation in some of regions in the north and the center was only 20 to 50 percent of the precipitation expected according to the multi-year average. Thanks to November’s abundant rainfall, however, the overall balance of precipitation is above average.

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