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Snow seen in the Sahara desert

Snow falls on Sahara Desert town for only the third time in 40 years You’d expect this in the Alps not Algeria
Ellis Copeland | 10 January, 2018, 02:25

Aside from its frequently high temperatures, the area isn't exactly known as a precipitation magnet.

Two years ago, snow settled for around a day, and the town saw snowfall again last year. In December 2016, snow was reported in the town for the first time since 1979.

Photo shows rare Snowfall in the Sahara Desert - Courtesy: YouTube / Screenshot.

Snow started falling in the early hours of Sunday morning and it quickly began settling on the sand.

Sixteen inches fell from the sky and turned the region's red sand dunes into an otherworldly landscape, and one rarely found in Earth's hottest desert.

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Snow isn't particularly common in Ain Sefra.

The inhabitants of the Aïn Séfra region in Algeria woke up in a white feast with nearly a meter of snow, which caused chaos in the city, which is considered a gateway to the desert. As local road assistance services were not equipped to manage snow and ice on their roads, cars and buses were left stranded on the roads for hours.

The snow did not stay long as the temperature increased to 5 degrees Celsius (42 F) in the afternoon.

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