Heavy Snowstorms Hit Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria

Severe weather has hit parts of the Middle East bringing heavy rain and snow, authorities say. 

In Syria, temperatures have now reached up to eight degrees below average, brought about by low air pressure area with “cold and wet air mass in all layers of the atmosphere,” Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

Syria’s Meteorology Department announced that the country will experience generally cloudy weather with a chance of rainfall across different regions. Snow is also expected on the mountains. 

For the first time in years, some parts of Lebanon experienced snowfall.

State media National News Agency reported weather is also expected to be cloudy and scattered rainfall across some parts of the country, “as well as active winds and snowfall as low as 800m altitudes,” according to its meteorology department.

Meanwhile, Israel’s capital also reported heavy snowfall on Thursday. The Israeli Meteorological Service announced to expect heavy thunderstorms and lower temperatures in the country. 

Jordan has also suspended its coronavirus vaccine campaign and classes in schools and universities, due to a snowstorm.

The Jordan Meteorological Department reported snow showers on Thursday on mountainous areas, while the cloudy weather and some rainfall is expected in the western regions of the country on Friday, state-run Jordan News Agency reported.

Heavy rainfall is also expected at some parts of the country.

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