Kinneret Rises 20 Centimeters After Israel's Stormy Weekend

Increase comes after heavy snowfall in northern Israel and Jerusalem, and as rains inundate Tel Aviv.

A weekend of heavy rains and snowstorms throughout the country contributed to a 20 centimeter rise in the level of Lake Kinneret, one of Israel's primary sources of drinking water.

The Kinneret's water level has risen 30 centimeters since the beginning of the current round of storms last week. Since the beginning of the current storm system, Jerusalem has seen 168 millimeters of rain, Ariel 93, and Tel Aviv 58 millimeters.

Kids snow fight - Eliyahu - 3.2012
Gil Eliyahu

The weekend saw heavy snows in northern Israel, the Golan Heights and the West Bank. In Jerusalem, snow accumulated on the ground for the first time in four years.  

In Tel Aviv, the sun briefly broke through the clouds on Sunday morning after a rainy weekend, before disappearing again behind heavy storm clouds.

In Modi'in Ilit, seven-year-old Yael Sheffer died after being swept away by the Modi'in stream on Friday. Police are investigating whether possible negligence on the part of the girl's father or city officials was involved in the incident.