Israel Braces for Stormy Week, Strong Winds

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israelis holding umbrellas as they walk on Jaffa Street in Yerushalayim as a major storm front moved in on Sunday. (Flash90)
Israelis holding umbrellas as they walk on Jaffa Street in Yerushalayim as a major storm front moved in on Sunday. (Flash90)

A major storm front bringing heavy rain and strong winds moved into Israel on Motzoei Shabbos.

The Israel Meteorological Service forecast fierce winter weather at least through Wednesday, with snow on the Hermon and possibly in Yerushalayim as well.

Warnings were issued for winds reaching 60 miles per hour on Sunday night, especially in coastal areas.

The authorities advised tying down any outside items that could be swept up in the wind and present a safety hazard to pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

Heavy rain began falling from the north to the Negev on Motzoei Shabbos.

Forecasters say that Israelis should brace themselves for one of the rainiest in recent memory. Some 100 millimeters of rain is expected in central Israel and as much as 250 mm. in northern parts of the country.