Storm packing snow and rain paralyzes parts of Lebanon

Walid Jumblatt, left, the political leader of Lebanon's minority Druse sect, takes pictures of his wife Nura, as waves break, on the Mediterranean wat

Walid Jumblatt, left, the political leader of Lebanon's minority Druse sect, takes pictures of his wife Nura, as waves break, on the Mediterranean wat

A Lebanese girl shelters for the rain, as she watches waves crash into the seawall on the Mediterranean Sea, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

A Lebanese girl shelters for the rain, as she watches waves crash into the seawall on the Mediterranean Sea, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Rushing rainwater fills a canal in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of

Rushing rainwater fills a canal in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of

People walk next to a canal that flows from rainwater in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned streets in L

People walk next to a canal that flows from rainwater in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned streets in L

Civil Defense workers struggle to push a stranded car on a street in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned

Civil Defense workers struggle to push a stranded car on a street in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. A strong storm and heavy rainfall turned

BEIRUT (AP) — A winter storm packing heavy rain and snow has turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of water and mud and paralyzed parts of the country.

Among those affected Tuesday are tens of thousands of Syrian refugees many of whom live in tent settlements.

In the eastern Bekaa Valley, Syrian refugees stayed indoors next to diesel or wood heaters as snow covered their flimsy tents.

Authorities closed the highway linking Beirut with the Syrian capital Damascus after parts of it that cut through high mountains became covered with snow.

Most schools were closed Tuesday and the Lebanese education minister called for school to be closed even on the coast for a second day Wednesday.

The storm dubbed "Norma" began Saturday and is expected to reach its peak Tuesday night.