Storms will bring rain, snow to the Middle East into Friday

Published on : Thursday, November 15, 2018

A series of storms will bring rain and snow to parts of the Middle East through Friday.


Storm across Turkey with bring rain and snow, while another will drive heavy rain and thunderstorms from Saudi Arabia into Kuwait, Iraq and Iran.



Snowfall is expected to last throughout the whole Friday across northeastern Turkey.  Some higher-elevation locations can expect more than 30 cm of snowfall.



Snowfall of 8-15 cm (3-6 inches) will be possible from Sivas to Erzincan and Erzurum by Friday night, causing travel disruptions.



Heavy rain will fall across the lower elevations of southern Turkey, which can result to flooding and travel disruptions.



Locations at risk for flooding through Friday include Antalya, Mersin, Adana, Gaziantep and Batman.



This same storm system will bring daily rainfall to Lebanon, Syria and northern Iraq. Localized flooding will be possible each day through Friday.



Conditions will improve across eastern Turkey by the weekend, however another storm will blow rains to the western parts of the country.



A storm system will bring a more widespread risk for flooding from parts of Saudi Arabia into southwestern Iran through Friday.



Thunderstorms will roar across western and central Saudi Arabia on Thursday, bringing the risk of flash flooding, damaging winds and hail to areas from Mecca to Buraydah and Hafar Al Batin. These storms are expected to remain north of Riyadh.



In the north and east, the threat will be mainly flooding and mudslides as rains drench southern Iraq, Kuwait and southwestern Iran.



The hardest-hit areas can expect rainfall of 25-75 mm (1-3 inches). This magnitude of rainfall can quickly cause flash flooding that can wash away automobiles and damage homes and businesses.



Travel will be impacted, and some roadways may be closed for a prolonged period due to rapidly rising floodwaters.



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