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      Winter to Return for Brief Visit

      Rain to return briefly Wednesday. Forecasters say this winter will not be unusual in terms of rain.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 2/5/2013, 8:31 PM

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      The winter of 2012-2013 will be rainier than average, but will not be among one of the Israeli winters with the highest levels of rainfall, forecasters say.

      While a major, week-long rainstorm in early January caused flooding and brought the Kinneret up by 78 centimeters in a single week, during the month since rain has been much lighter and less frequent.

      Rain is expected to return Wednesday, but will last for less than 24 hours, forecasters predict.  During that time rain will fall in most parts of the country, and there may be thunderstorms in some areas as well.

      By Wednesday afternoon the rain will have stopped in most parts of the country, but will continue in northern Israel. Temperatures will drop significantly. In the south of the country strong winds are likely.

      There may be flooding in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea area, and the Arava.