Pair of storms to unleash rain, snow across Middle East this week

Eric Leister

More unsettled weather is set to grip the Middle East this week after several storms have battered the region in recent weeks.

The first of two storms to impact the area this week has dampened locations from the Mediterranean coast to Iraq on Monday and Tuesday. This slow-moving system will continue to bring wet weather to the region on Wednesday.

The steadiest rainfall is expected from northern Israel and Lebanon into southern Syria and central Iraq. Downpours are possible in Baghdad.

Rain will also spread into the lower elevations of western Iran with snow falling in the mountains. In the higher terrain of Lebanon, Syria and Israel, snow accumulations can be expected.

On the southern side of this storm, showers may briefly dampen southern Jordan, far northern Saudi Arabia and Kuwait into Wednesday. This storm will then push into eastern Iran with rain and high-elevation snowfall on Thursday.


A second storm will race southward from Turkey into the Middle East late Thursday into Friday, bringing soaking rain and high-elevation snow to Syria, Lebanon and Israel on Thursday night through Friday morning.

The storm will then lash Jordan, Iraq and northwest Iran on Friday with impacts continuing into Friday night in Iraq and Iran.

Local downpours and high-elevation snowfall may result in travel impacts across the region, before drier weather builds across the Middle East this weekend.

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