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Rain, Snow From Turkey to the Mideast

Early this week low pressure will strengthen across the eastern Mediterranean Sea, bringing heavy rain and mountain snow from southern Turkey into the Middle East.

Rain will increase in intensity along the southern coast of Turkey on Tuesday with cities from Antalya to Icel seeing a soaking and locally heavy rainfall. Across Cyprus, thunder may rumble as well. Rainfall through Tuesday night will exceed 25 mm (1 inch) along much of the coast with upwards of 50 mm (2 inches) in the coastal mountains.

This rain could lead to an isolated flood threat as water rushes off the mountains and towards the coast.

Into Tuesday night, rain will spread to the east wetting locations along the eastern Mediterranean coast from Syria to Israel and northern Egypt. Rainfall will be lighter in these areas, but most locations will receive a soaking rainfall with up an 25 mm (1 inch) expected.

Not only will there be a wet side to the storm, there will also be a wintry side in the mountains of southern Turkey. Snow levels will lower to near or below 1500 meters (4900 feet) in the mountains along the southern Turkey coast. In some locations snow will fall down to 1000 meters (3200 feet). Snow accumulations will be 15-30 cm (6-12 inches) across the higher mountains.

This area of low pressure will move inland across Syria on Wednesday which will cause rain and snow to lessen along the southern coast of Turkey, but rain and mountains snow will increase across eastern parts of the country.