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New year’s winter storm in Israel: rescue service in a state of high alert

According to the forecast meteorological service of Israel, on Thursday, December 31, noticeably colder, rainy (sometimes with thunderstorms) will move from the Golan to the Negev, where possible hail, high probability of flooding in the lowlands. Expected snowfall on mount Hermon and other peaks of the Golan heights. It is not excluded the weak snowfall in the Upper Galilee. Storm on the coast of the Mediterranean sea (wave height up to 5-6 meters).

On Friday rain is expected from the Golan to the Negev, snowfall in the mountains in the North, possible weak snowfall in the mountains of the center of the country (including in Jerusalem and the surrounding area), strong wind, dust storm in the South. Saturday – cold, weak rains. Sunday will remain cool weather, snow is expected on the Golan, the rest of the country weak rains.

On Monday, the temperature becomes a little higher, the rain will stop. In the next week will be cool, partly cloudy weather without precipitation.

First winter storm in the new year – one of the main themes of new year’s editions of the Israeli media. Not excluded additional forced «vacation» on 3 January in the areas of retained snow cover. However, according to meteorologists, the probability of formation of stable snow cover for a few days in Jerusalem and other mountainous areas of the center of the country is low.

A more immediate threat is heavy rain and hail, the result of which can be flooding in the lowlands throughout the country. Because of strong winds and falling trees can be caused by damage to the power supply system and other infrastructures.

The press service of the «Israel Power» reported that after reviewing the weather forecast for the end of the week the company started preparation to the upcoming storm, and, in particular, has increased the number of emergency teams involved in the Troubleshooting. In the area of Safed, and the settlements on the Golan heights in the event of interruption of power supply delivered to power generators. Increased the number of emergency operators 103, taking calls from the public. In «Israel Power» stress that in spite of ongoing training, in the storm it is impossible to avoid damage and breakages of the lines, in these cases, employees are asked citizens to follow safety rules.

The worsening weather was also prepared, and the Israel police: the law enforcement agencies increase the number of operators serving the emergency call phones 100 and 110, and make the duty additional police on main urban and interurban roads.

In the city of Jerusalem, where snow is expected in the night of 2 January, set up a headquarters for emergency situations. The municipality appealed to residents of the capital with a request to charge the batteries in emergency lighting in case of lack of electricity supply.

Residents are advised to remove from balconies and roofs of objects that can be blown by the wind, and to check the reliability of fastening the blinds on the Windows. You should also make sure that the doors and Windows in houses closed tightly and not clogged waste pipe. During a storm on the streets of the city will be on duty special brigade of the city hall, ready to assist residents in case of emergency.

In a heightened state of readiness is given and the ambulance service «Magen David Adom», and other rescue services. To assist in remote areas will involve a specially equipped jeeps.

In the past winter season had a few «snow storms». The most intense snow, including in Jerusalem, was observed on 7 January and 19-20 February.

— The third snow storm in winter 2015. Photo

The most snowy winter in Israel

The winter 2015 season, by Israeli standards, was rich in snow. But «the snow» in the last decade were winter storms in December 2013 and in January of 2013, when snow fell even in the coastal areas of the center of the country, and snow in Jerusalem were kept for about a week. Before the «snowiest» for the past 20 years forecasters called the winter season 2011-2012.

One day snow fell in Jerusalem, and in the second half of March. On the morning of 17 March 1998 in the capital was dust storm, the air temperature was over 20 degrees Celsius, during the day rain, evening snow fell on the morning of 18 March and the Jerusalemites were snowdrifts on the streets.

The most snow in the history of Israel is considered to be February 1950, when the snow in the next few days were not only covered the North and the hills in the Jerusalem area, but almost the entire country, including tel Aviv.

New year’s winter storm in Israel: rescue service in a state of high alert 31.12.2015

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