A fierce winter storm that has been raging since Friday continues to pound the country, and the Israel Meteorological Service predicts that this week could bring precipitation equal to the average rainfall for the entire month of January. Strong winds and heavy rain swept the country, and the upper region of Mount Hermon was blanketed by a heavy 40-centimeter layer of snow, with 20 centimeters falling overnight. Since the weekend, the Sea of Galilee rose 17 centimeters, and winds of 60-80 km/h (37-50 mph) were reported, with gusts of up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
The storm is expected to continue Tuesday, with flood warnings and warnings of sand storms in the south. Snowfall is predicted for higher altitudes, including possibly in Jerusalem. A sharp drop in temperatures is predicted for Wednesday, with continued rain, hail and snow. The storm is expected to weaken on Thursday, although it is still predicted to be very cold, with snowfall continuing in mountainous areas and flooding in lower areas.