Children play as snow falls in Laqlouq, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/Rania Kassab)
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Officials stressed Sunday that Lebanon was prepared to face the wrath of "Zina," a storm expected to intensify early Tuesday with heavy rains, strong winds and snow. The Meteorological Department at the Rafik Hariri International Airport told The Daily Star Sunday that the storm would peak Wednesday night and Thursday morning with snowfall expected in areas at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, much lower than the expected altitude of 1,300 meters. Weather conditions will remain mild Monday, with sporadic showers throughout the day, picking up pace Tuesday into Thursday morning.Snowfall also blocked roads in the northern villages of Bqarsouna, Nabi Sukkar, Sadd Brissa and Murbein and several others which were flooded due to heavy showers."The Public Works Ministry in cooperation with other ministries is ready to face the storm that is going to hit Lebanon," Zeaiter said during a news conference held in his Baalbek residence. He explained that the ministry was ready to use "all available means" to manage the roads during turbulent weather, adding that snow plow centers were equipped and ready to clear blocked roads.
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