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The impact of storm Thalassa was felt across Lebanon Sunday, and the inclement weather is not expected to begin subsiding until Tuesday. The storm is no longer projected to bring the overwhelming snow and rain initially forecast, but has already produced hazardous driving conditions and shut down maritime traffic in the south. The storm, which originated in northeastern Europe, will not bring massive rain and snowfall, rather its danger lies in its potential to form layers of ice on the roads.Monday is expected to be cold and partly cloudy with intermittent, light showers and snow down to altitudes of 600 meters. Snow will reach lower altitudes in colder areas, and could fall as low as 400 meters up north. The average level of precipitation over this period is 434 millimeters.Further north, residents of the village of Bsharri said Thalassa was no worse than other storms this year in terms of snowfall and wind.In the district of Bsharri the snow began overnight Saturday, starting in the town of Abdeen, which lies at an altitude of approximately 1,000 meters. The Lebanese Red Cross said it rescued 13 people trapped in snow in the district town of Meshmesh.
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