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  1/7/2013, Tevet 25, 5773

Winter to be Wettest in Years, Chance of Snow this Week


Israel's meteorological service says this winter will be the wettest in the past decade, and with temperatures expected to plunge in coming days, much of the country could see snow this week.

Stormy weather, including high winds and heavy rainfall, lashed Israel on Monday, downing powerlines and trees and causing several injuries.

"The storms injured six people, most of whom were lightly hurt when trees were knocked over," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Israeli military radio said winds were gusting at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (74 miles per hour) and neighborhoods across Jerusalem felt the effects of the powerful wind.  Trees were toppled at the Temple Mount and branches were strewn in streets across the city.

Electricity outages caused by downed powerlines were reported throughout the country.