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Storm Hiba recedes, leaving snow and ice in its wake

Storm Hiba recedes, leaving snow and ice in its wake

Snow covers a Syrian refugee camp near Baalbeck in Lebanon's Bekaa valley on January 20, 2022. (Credit: AFP)

BEIRUT – “Hiba,” the name of the winter storm that battered Lebanon this week, receded after peaking last night, leaving snow in its wake in areas throughout Lebanon. Ice could also be found at altitudes above 500 meters, hindering movement and damaging crops, according to the NNA.

Here’s what we know:

    • The Traffic Management Authority asked drivers “not to take any icy routes to ensure that there are no [car] slippages,” via its Twitter account, adding that people can call them at 1720 to inquire about the state of the roads before heading out to the mountains.

    • Baalbeck witnessed a drop in temperatures to 7 below zero at dawn, which led to the formation of a layer of ice on the roads. Water also froze inside pipes on roofs of buildings causing them to break.

    • Municipal workers and police officers sprayed salt on roads to defrost them. Baalbeck Mayor Fouad Baluk called on citizens to “exercise caution, stay in homes … and avoid taking snow-drenched roads,” according to the NNA.

    • In Dennieh, snow fell heavily last night and covered towns and villages above 300 meters, and touched the coastal areas of Minya, Beddawi, Damour and Hanin, causing main and side roads to close. The temperature dropped to minus 4 degrees overnight, the NNA reports.

    • Civil Defense, and the Public Works along with the Federation of Dennieh Municipalities reopened some roads, while public and private schools and institutes closed their doors for the second day in a row.

    • In Akkar, the blizzard blocked roads from altitudes of 300 meters, and snow reached a thickness of 10 centimeters.

    • In the Jdeideh area, the municipality of Akkar formed a crisis cell to face the storm. The mayor, Mohammed Khalil, explained that “12 vehicles belonging to the municipality began opening roads in all neighborhoods of the town in cooperation with the Civil Defense, and teams affiliated with the crisis cell worked to rescue a number of cars.”

    • Snow also blocked roads in Deir al-Ahmar, Baaqlin and Arqoub. Ice crippled traffic, isolated villages from each other and damaged crops. Municipalities were able to open main roads in the region.

    • Civil Defense have been working since early morning to wash away ice plates on the Faraya-Faqra public road.


BEIRUT – “Hiba,” the name of the winter storm that battered Lebanon this week, receded after peaking last night, leaving snow in its wake in areas throughout Lebanon. Ice could also be found at altitudes above 500 meters, hindering movement and damaging crops, according to the NNA.Here’s what we know:    • The Traffic Management Authority asked drivers “not to take any icy...