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First winter storm of season hits Israel – Kinneret rises, Mount Hermon sees snow

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First winter storm of season hits Israel –

Kinneret rises, Mount Hermon sees snow

by Sharon Udasin, jpost.com, Dec. 5, 2013

Unseasonably warm weather broken by scattered showers from the North to the Negev; winter weather forecasted to continue over weekend.

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon [file]

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon [file] Photo: IDF Spokesman
The first winter storm of the season hit Israel on Thursday as the unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout November gave way to rainfall and even snow.

Lake Kinneret rose for the first time since April on Thursday morning – by 1 centimeter – as a direct result of ongoing rains, the Water Authority said.

The Kinneret’s water level is now 211.40 meters below sea level, 2.6 meters from full capacity. 

After an arid month of November, storms over Israel for the past few days have contributed to the rise.

Mount Hermon saw its first snow of the season on Thursday, however, the ski slopes will still require several more days worth of snow before they can be enjoyed by the public.

Occasional rain showers accompanied by isolated thunderstorms from the North to the Negev were expected throughout Thursday.

It was expected to remain partly cloudy with scattered showers in the North and along the coast throughout the weekend. 

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