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Snow on Mount Hermon Ski Resort
Photo: Mount Hermon Ski Resort
Downpour in Ashdod causes heavy flooding

Floods and roadblocks as new bout of stormy weather hits Israel

Thunderstorms and heavy downpours hit central Israel and are set to spread and intensify throughout the country in the coming days; snowfall in the Golan Heights is also expected to continue

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Published: 01.19.20 , 09:05
A new bout of turbulent weather hit Israel on Sunday morning with heavy rain and thunderstorms hitting central parts of the country. In the north, snow began falling on the Golan Heights and is set to intensify in the coming days.
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  • The downpour is also set to intensify and spread to others areas of the country, with flooding expected across the coastal cities, the Judean Desert and the Jordan Valley.
    Video: Mount Hermon Ski Resort
    Since the early morning hours, heavy rains already forced road closures in some areas of the country.
    In the central city of Bnei Brak, Lehi Street has been closed off to traffic in both directions. In the north, Route 918 has been closed off between the Gonen and Gadot junctions. In the south, Highway 90 leading to the Dead Sea has also been closed.
    The latest storm system has stoked fears of additional deaths after two back to back storms claimed the lives of at least four people less than two weeks ago.
    הצפות באשדודהצפות באשדוד
    Downpour in Ashdod causes heavy flooding
    (Photo: Moti Zilverberg)
    In the meantime, Mount Hermon Ski Resort officials said Saturday the site was open for tourists as they expect the snow to accumulate further in the next few days. The weather at the resort is currently one degree below zero celsius.
    The Sea of Galilee reportedly rose by 6.5 cm within the past 48 hours, setting the world's lowest sweet water lake's elevation level at 210.715 meters below sea level. The lake needs an additional 1.915 meters to reach its full capacity.
    חוף הים בגינוסרחוף הים בגינוסר
    The Sea of Galilee
    (Photo: Nof Ginosar Hotel)
    In the northern city of Haifa, the temperatures will range from 15 degrees celsius during the day Thursday to just 11 degrees at night. In Tel Aviv, the weather will be similar, with a range of 15 degrees during the day and 12 degrees at night.
    In the southern city of Be’er Sheva, temperatures will range from 15 degrees throughout the day to 9 degrees at night. In Jerusalem, the temperatures will be cooler, reaching 9 degrees during the day and falling to 7 degrees overnight.
    In the southernmost city of Eilat, the weather will remain relatively warm with 21 degrees during the day and 13 at night.

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