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      Forecast: Rain is On Its Way

      Winter rains expected in northern and central Israel as early as Friday.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 10/17/2013, 1:13 PM

      Rainy day in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
      Rainy day in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
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      Winter rains will begin Friday in central and northern Israel, weather forecasters say. There may be scattered thunderstorms.

      While some cities got rain earlier in the season, this rain is expected to last longer, with local showers continuing on and off until Saturday afternoon.

      Temperatures will begin to drop Friday and will continue to fall on Saturday, forecasters say.

      By Sunday, the winter weather will have passed, they predict. Temperatures are expected to rise, with skies clear and pleasant.

      The surface of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), Israel’s largest single source of freshwater, is expected to keep dropping despite the first winter rains. Experts predict that the lake will grow slowly emptier until mid-December, at which point the stronger flow of water from rivers swollen by winter rainfalls will lead the lake to begin rising again.