A winter storm dumped sleet and nearly a foot of snow on parts of this arid kingdom Tuesday, knocking out power to thousands of homes and shutting schools and universities, officials said.

More than 4 inches of snow fell on portions of this hilly capital, home to about 1 million people.Ali Abandah, director of the National Weather Service, said more than 11 inches fell on the town of Shobak in the southern mountains and at Tafileh, about 80 miles south of the capital.