A man walks in Bhamdoun during a snow storm, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Snow fell in mountainous regions across Lebanon Thursday, blocking roads and isolating villages in the third storm to hit the country this year, prompting the education minister to order all schools shut for Friday and Saturday.The meteorological department at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport said snowfall was witnessed in areas 900 meters above sea level and winds were recorded at speeds up to 90 kilometers per hour.The heavy snowfall in the Akkar town of Jabal Akroum trapped motorists in their cars, sending Civil Defense rescue units to pluck about 40 families from their trapped vehicles.In the southeastern region of Rashaya, 15 centimeters of snow was recorded Thursday evening, blocking several major roads.For several days, "Storm Yohan" pummeled Lebanon with heavy rain, snowfall and violent winds on the coast, causing severe damages to the country's infrastructure.
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