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In the middle of April, some Lebanese regions are covered in snow

Lebanon is known for having four seasons, with the spring season showcasing in the country with blossoming nature and blooming flora and fauna represented by the season's vibrant colors.

However, the Lebanese woke up on Wednesday with wintery weather and snow covering some mountainous regions in the country.

Villages like Bcharre, Laklouk, and Fakra were again covered in a beautiful white coat in the middle of April.

Instantly, many social media users rushed to showcase this gorgeous scene in springtime:


Snowbasin resort in Utah breaks historic snowfall record with 600 inches

Snowbasin, UT, has seen a record snowfall of 600 inches this season, beating its previous record by a mind-blowing 125 inches. The 22/23 season has seen endless powder days, but the weather is slowly shifting, and temperatures are warming up, and spring skiing is officially here.

Snowbasin announced two weeks ago that the resort will stay open until April 23, 2023. Here is an update on what to expect for the next two weeks of spring skiing at Snowbasin.
Although it is hard to believe, spring is here, and this historic season is coming to an end. We've enjoyed endless powder days, record snowfall, and all-time conditions. After experiencing our longest ski season in history and pushing things out as far as we can, we have to start scaling back our operations. We have already begun saying goodbye to some of our incredible team members that are off to their next season's adventures, and with these hard farewells comes the need to prioritize our offerings for the remainder of the season. We hope you enjoy the final weeks as we bring this incredible season to a close. Thank you for being a part of history with us this year at Snowbasin. We are looking forward to starting the construction of DeMoisy Express upon closing, and welcoming you back next winter with even more offerings for you to enjoy!

Davy Ratchford, Vice President and General Manager of Snowbasin Resort

Cloud Precipitation

Rare snow and hail hit Al Baha region of Saudi Arabia, disrupting traffic

Vehicles stuck in Al Baha.
Some parts of Saudi Arabia, particularly the Al Baha region, were hit by unusual hail and snowfall on Monday morning.

Cumulus thunderstorms were responsible for the unusual precipitation, which resulted in the closure of several roads and disruption of traffic in the area.

Video clips shared on social media showed accumulation of hail that caused vehicles to get stuck on the closed roads.

Emergency teams from the municipality had to remove stones and hail from the roads while the city's parks turned white.

Arrow Down

Avalanche kills at least five people in south-eastern France

Five people have been killed and one is missing after an avalanche near Mont Blanc in southeastern France.

Among the dead were two mountain guides caught by the snow tumbling down the Armancette glacier, the prefecture for the Haute-Savoie department said on Sunday.

Investigators have been called in to help with the search for the person still unaccounted for in the Alps.

One person also suffered slight injuries in the avalanche while eight others also swept up were unharmed, the prefecture said. The avalanche covered an area of 1,000 metres by 500 metres.


Snowbird resort in Utah got 5 FEET of April snow in 3 days - season total currently 809 inches

Here's a couple quick photos of the April showers have totaled 60+ inches since Sunday at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.

Yesterday the resort had avalanche on the lower portion of Mt. Superior and above the Chickadee lift, which forced Little Cottonwood Canyon back into interlodge.

A full search was conducted of the avalanche debris which confirmed that no guests or employees were buried.

Comment: Another report from April 5th: Snowbird resort in Utah breaks all-time snowfall record with 792 inches of fresh snow this season


Spring snow blankets Jiuzhaigou in SW China

Spring snow fell in Jiuzhaigou County, southwest China's Sichuan Province on April 6, forming a fairytale snow scenery.


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming celebrates snowiest season ever with 594 inches of snow

Unforgettable days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this winter.
© P.M.Fadden/SnowBrains
Unforgettable days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this winter.
The latest snowstorm brought four inches to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY, and with it, made history. With 594″ of fresh snow this season, winter 2022/23 is officially the resort's snowiest winter ever.

The previous record of 577″ was set in 1997. The resort's worst year was 1987, with just 250″.

The resort currently has a 138″ base, 122% of the average for this time of year.

Snowfall records have fallen across the country this winter, enabling many resorts to extend their seasons. JHMR will not be one, sticking to its originally scheduled Sunday, April 9th, closing day.

Snowflake Cold

Romania gripped by cold weather, snow ahead of Orthodox Easter

Romania is in the grips of weather specific to winter, such as low temperatures, blizzards and snow. These days, planes were grounded, schools shut and roads were blocked in several parts of the country due to snowfall and strong winds.

The meteorological service ANM issued orange and yellow code warnings and an information notice valid until Saturday, April 8.

"There is a cyclone formed south of the country, which brought significant amounts of precipitation, but at the same time, an atmospheric front of polar origin that brought temperature values ​​that are currently 8-12 degrees Celsius below the multi-year averages," Elena Mateescu, director-general of ANM, told Digi24. She added that temperatures may rise over the next week to around 14-17 degrees, but that rains will persist as well.

"We will have weather close to the thermal norm of the date for Palm Sunday, and for Easter, at this moment, temperature values ​​are estimated to be throughout the country between 14 to 17-18 degrees, including in the capital," said the meteorologist.

Ice Cube

Hundreds of thousands lose power as freezing rain hits Ontario and Quebec

Fallen tree branches are shown on a street
© Graham Hughes/AP
Fallen tree branches are shown on a street following an accumulation of ice rain in Montreal, Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Freezing rain and thunderstorms pummeled parts of Ontario and Quebec on Wednesday, knocking out power for about 800,000 people, officials reported.

Quebec's power utility said shortly after 5 p.m. that more than 676,000 of its 4.5 million customers had no electricity as much of the province remained under a freezing rain warning.

"What's causing the outages is the mixture of precipitation and wind," Hydro-Québec spokeswoman Gabrielle Leblanc said. "It weighs down the vegetation. There can be branches and trees that fall on the lines."

In Montreal, more than 316,000 customers had lost power, while 171,000 people were hit with outages in the Montérégie region, south of the city.


Snowbird resort in Utah breaks all-time snowfall record with 792 inches of fresh snow this season

The Hidden Peak tram at Snowbird.

The Hidden Peak tram at Snowbird.
Another ski resort has just blasted into the history books and surpassed its all-time record snowfall.

Following the most recent storm, Snowbird, UT, has had 792″of fresh snow this season, besting the 783″ in 2010/11.

Snowbird has seen 28″ in the last 24 hours, an incredible 43″ in the last 48 hours, and has a 195″ base.