A powerful snowstorm is expected to reach Lebanon next week, according to the director-general of the Department of Scientific Agricultural Research, Michel Frem.
Frem told MTV on Wednesday that the effect of the anticipated storm will begin at the start of the upcoming week.
The temperature on Monday will drop to 14 degrees Celsius in the Beqaa Valley and 17 degrees on the coast, accompanied by rain showers and snow at altitudes around 1,400 meters and higher, in addition to winds that reach speeds up to 40 km/h.
The storm’s intensity will increase on Tuesday as temperatures will drop to 7 degrees in the Beqaa Valley and 13 degrees in coastal regions, with heavy rainfall and strong winds up to 70 km/h.
In addition, snow will start at altitudes of around 1,000 meters, at night.
According to Frem, the weather on Wednesday will be similar to Tuesday’s. Snowfall will reach 900 meters and as low as 600 meters during the night. Similarly, ice is expected to form at heights between 600 and 900 meters.
The storm is expected to intensify on Thursday, when snow will reach 500-meter-high areas during the day, and lower during the night, with ice formation expected at 600 meters in the daytime and 400 meters at night.
Finally, ice is expected to form at around 300 meters on Friday, especially in some areas in Akkar, North Lebanon.
The expert urged Lebanese authorities and citizens to prepare for the storm and to take the necessary precautions.