Rain to fall in Israel's north and center

Meteorologists say Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, may receive snow over weekend. Water Authority says current rains aren't enough to save Kinneret.

Chana Roberts,

Jerusalem in snow (illustrative)
Jerusalem in snow (illustrative)
Mendy Hechtman/Flash 90

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose 1.5 centimeters (0.59 inches) since Monday night, Israel's Water Authority reported. The current level, however, is still 5.37 meters (17.6 feet) below maximum capacity, and the water level may drop below the lower black line by the end of the summer.

Last month, the Kinneret's water level stood at 5.58 meters (18.31 feet) away from its maximum capacity, the lowest in nine years. Since then, the Kinneret has risen 21 centimeters (8.27").

In an effort to save the sinking lake and its ecosystem, Israel recently decided to pump desalinated water into the Kinneret.

Wednesday may see thunderstorms in northern Israel, as scattered rains fall Israel's north and center. Temperatures will remain unchanged and just below seasonal average. The rains will become stronger towards evening, with showers from Israel's north to the northern Negev, as well as isolated thunderstorms. Coastal areas may flood and Israel's south will experience local rains. Snow may fall on Mount Hermon.

On Thursday, scattered showers are expected from Israel's north to the northern Negev, as well as a few thunderstorms. Snow will fall on Mount Hermon, and there may be local rains in Israel's south. Flooding may occur along the coast, in the Judean Desert, and near the Dead Sea. Harsh winds will blow, and temperatures will drop to lower than seasonal average.

Showers are expected on Friday from the north to the Negev, as well as thunderstorms, hail, and harsh winds. Snow will fall on Mount Hermon and the tops of other northern mountains, as well as in the center of Israel. There may be snow in Jerusalem. Flooding may occur along the coast, in the Judean Desert, and near the Dead Sea, and temperatures will be lower than usual.

Shabbat (Saturday) will be mostly cloudy, and there will be local rains, mostly light. Temperatures will rise slightly, but remain lower than seasonal average.


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