It’s precipitating global warmth in the Middle East.
Snow fell Wednesday across the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, forcing Syrians who have fled their country’s civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps.
Near the town of Anjar, [Lebanon,] men used brooms and sticks to try to clear the heavy snow from the tops of refugee tents, fearing the weight might cause the shelters to collapse.
Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip declared a state of emergency over the storm.
Snow accumulated in the Golan Heights and northern Israel. Schools across Jerusalem closed ahead of a forecast warning of 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snowfall.