People remove a broken branch during a snow storm in the Bekaa Valley village of Mreijat, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The storm "Zina" will start to ease Thursday after battering the country for two days, with many areas buried in snow, schools closed and three people dead as a result of the sudden explosion of harsh weather.Speaking to The Daily Star Wednesday, a source from the Meteorological Department at Rafik Hariri International Airport said that the storm would start to ease Thursday morning, but added it was possible snow would still fall even at 400 meters around dawn.Temperatures, however, will continue to drop in the following days, he said, and Thursday would range between 5 and 13 degrees in coastal areas, minus 2 and 2 in the mountains, minus 1 and minus 4 in the Bekaa Valley and minus 7 and minus 4 in the Cedars. In coastal areas, the storm caused the ports of Sidon, Tyre and Tripoli to shut down for the second day Wednesday, while hail fell in Beirut and the temperature dropped to less than 6 Celsius, a rare occurrence in the capital.The snow also blocked the vital highway at Dahr al-Baidar, cutting off the Bekaa Valley from the rest of the country.
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