Heavy snowfall hits Syria, Lebanon and Israel in winter storm

BEIRUT (AP) – Snow blanketed components of Syria, Lebanon and Israel on Wednesday, blocking roads, disrupting site visitors and suspending exams at some universities.

Massive components of Syria have been lined, together with the capital Damascus which is experiencing the primary snowfall this winter. Snow was as excessive as 15 cm (6 inches) within the mountains of Sweida province, in response to the state-run SANA information company.

The roads in some provinces have been blocked. In central Hama province, bulldozers shoveled snow to open roads as autos skidded on the ice, additional disrupting site visitors.

Damascus College has canceled scheduled midterm exams for Wednesday and Thursday in any respect of its branches round Syria attributable to excessive climate situations. The nation’s ports have remained open.

In opposition-held northwestern Syria, civil protection groups have been constructing mounds of filth since Tuesday round IDP camps to stop rain from flooding overcrowded areas. Almost 3 million displaced folks dwell in northwestern Syria, principally in tents and non permanent shelters. Heavy rains final month broken greater than 190 displacement websites, destroying and damaging greater than 10,000 tents.

In neighboring Lebanon, Storm Joyce struck Tuesday evening with excessive winds recording between 85 km / h (52 miles / h) and 100 km / h (62 miles / h). The storm is predicted to accentuate on Thursday.

Breaking a warmth wave, the storm introduced heavy rains, a pointy drop in temperatures and the heaviest snowfall in Lebanon this 12 months. The snow is predicted to cowl areas of elevation as little as 400 meters, in response to the meteorological division. Almost a dozen roads in jap and northern Lebanon have been closed to site visitors attributable to snow.

Israel’s climate service forecast extreme thunderstorms and chilly temperatures throughout a lot of the nation, with snowfall at increased elevations anticipated later Wednesday, together with in Jerusalem. Heavy snow lined the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights close to the border with Syria.

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