Snow storms hit the Middle East

Snow storm hits the Middle East

12 December 09:00 UTC—15 December 2013 11:00 UTC

Snow storms hit the Middle East
Snow storms hit the Middle East

Parts of the Middle East had their first major snow storm for many decades.

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13 July 2022

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12 December 2013

The storm, named Alexa, brought snow, rain and cold to parts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. While parts of the region often see snow in winter, in other areas snow is rare. Jerusalem last had heavy snow about 50 years ago and for the Egyptian capital Cairo this was the heaviest snow in decades.

At least two people are reported to have died in Syria. In Istanbul the first snow of the winter brought transport chaos. In Gaza the storm also caused major flooding, with 5,000 people being evacuated.

The Natural Colour RGB images below show the region during and after the storm.

During and after comparison

Image from 15 December after Storm Alexa compare1

Comparison of Meteosat-10 images during and after the heavy snow storm.