Frigid arctic conditions have sparked chaos in the Middle East as abnormal weather wreaks havoc in the region. Lebanon, Israel, Turkey and Syria are among those that have been overwhelmed by snowfall as temperatures continue to drop. The rare blizzard in the Middle East resulted in massive road closures, with many areas experiencing the first snowfall in a decade.
Jordan was even forced to suspend the deployment of its vaccination against the coronavirus due to bad weather.
The country’s Prime Minister, Bishr al-Khasawneh, announced that Thursday would be a public and private sector holiday due to the blizzard.
Osama al-Tarifi, director of the operating room at Arabia Weather, said at least eight inches of snow hit Jordan.
In Syria, at least 15 cm (6 inches) of snow has submerged parts of the country, according to the state-run SANA news agency.
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The Syrian University of Damascus has been forced to cancel its midterm exams scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday across the country due to extreme weather conditions.
In Israel, snowfall swept through Jerusalem, including the Dome of the Rock, for the first time in several years.
Israel’s weather service forecast severe thunderstorms and cold temperatures across much of the country.
Heavy snowfall also covered the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.
Likewise, unprecedented freezing weather conditions also hit Texas.
The state suffered a massive power outage after its energy grid was overwhelmed by increased demand for heat.
Temperatures fell to their lowest level in 30 years, reaching -18C earlier this week.
About 13 million people – roughly half of the state’s population – have faced water service disruptions as hundreds of water supply systems have been damaged by frost.