The rain will weaken toward the evening hours, and the southwest winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 65 kph (40 mph), while the height of the waves could reach of up to 3 meters (10 feet).
According to Tzahi Wachsman from the Meteo-Tech meteorological organization, the temperatures are expected to fall on average by 6 degrees throughout the day. “We are expecting a cold winter day … with thunderstorms and possibly hail,” said Wachsman. “Snow is very likely not only on Mt. Hermon itself but along its southern foothills as well."
The Water Authority said it hopes the current storm system will further increase the water levels in the Sea of Galilee, which have risen by 88 cm—some 1.5 cm a day on average—since the start of Israel’s winter season.
Since last Friday the waterline in Sea of Galilee has risen by 3 cm and currently stands at -213. 63 below sea level and 1.10 meters (3.6 feet) below the lower red line (the intermediate warning signal indicating a crisis). In order to reach full capacity, the lake needs an additional 4.84 cubic meters of water.
The storm system will pass by Tuesday morning, and the weather expected to be much warmer, with a possibility of intermittent rain along the coastal plain. The southeast winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 25 kph (15.5 mph) while the height of the waves could reach of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet).
Wednesday will see a mix of sun and clouds and there will be a further increase in temperatures. The south of the country will see misty conditions in the evening hours, while the north of the country might be hit by a light rain.