Storm to Disrupt Travel Across Middle East
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
March 29, 2015, 6:33:39 AM EDT
A storm will track from the eastern Mediterranean Sea into parts of the Middle East into early next week.
The storm will slowly track eastward from the Mediterranean Sea, crossing Turkey and approaching the Caspian Sea by Monday.
As the low moves from eastern Turkey and towards the Caspian Sea on Monday, widespread rain will soak the region.
The heaviest of the rain will fall from eastern Turkey, southward into western Iran. This rain could lead to flooding in the mountains terrain on western Iran.
Aside from flooding, the rain and thunderstorms can lead to travel delays by ground and air across the entire region, so anyone traveling across this part of the world should be aware of possible delays.
The rain across western and central Turkey that fell over the weekend will lessen to showers by Monday as the low pulls east. However, clouds, showers and areas of drizzle will still dampen areas from around Istanbul to Ankara.
Showery conditions that were seen across Israel and Jordan, along with southern Syria and Iraq on Sunday will come to an end for Monday.
South of the storm track, rain will not be an issue; however, strong winds will result in blowing dust and low visibilities from Egypt into southern Israel, Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia.
Blowing dust can quickly lower visibility resulting in dangerous driving conditions.
Continuing into Tuesday the bulk of the storm will exit to the east of the region, but showery conditions will remain from Turkey to Iran. While this should not be enough to spark additional flooding, it will keep many areas damp.
Contributions by Meteorologist Adam Douty
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