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Lebanon braces itself for heavy rainfall, snow with 'Karim'.

Summary: Lebanon Friday afternoon became under the effects of storm "Karim" that is expected to bring heavy rain and snowfall at low altitudes.

BEIRUT: Lebanon Friday afternoon became under the effects of storm "Karim" that is expected to bring heavy rain and snowfall at low altitudes.

The relatively stable weather began to change towards the afternoon with a significant drop in temperatures and heavy rainfall.

Cars skidded off on the main road in Dahr al-Baidar due to snowfall in the area causing traffic jams and prompting security forces to temporary block the road.

According to the weather forecast from Rafik Hariri International Airport wind speed Friday is expected to reach 85 kilometers per hour as snow will fall at an altitude starting 1,200 meters before dropping to 1,000 meters at night.

Saturday's weather will witness a further drop in temperatures ranging between 9 and 17 degrees Celsius along the coast, 2 and 9 in the mountains and 4 and 10 in the Bekaa.

Heavy rainfall will be accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds that will reach up to 90 kilometers per hour especially in the northern part of the country. Saturday snow will begin to fall starting an altitude of 900 meters before dropping further until 700 meters in the evening.

"Due to the high wind speed we warn against the collapse of billboards and we warn against the formation of ice layers on starting an altitude of 600 meters," the weather forecast said.

The forecast added that the lowest temperatures for this year will be recorded Sunday. Temperatures will range between 5 and 13 degrees Celsius along the coast and -2 and 5 degrees in the mountains and Bekaa.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Feb 7, 2020
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