Freak weather leaves Sahara Desert covered in one metre of snow
The Sahara Desert has seen the most snow in living memory after one metre of the white stuff blanketed a small town this week.
In December, for the first time in nearly 40 years, residents of Algeria's Ain Sefra witnessed a small dusting of snow. But this week a massive dump covered the sand dunes, turning them into a sledging paradise.
December's snowfall was the first in the 9.4 million sq km desert since 1979.
"Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence," amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata, who posted the beautiful images to his Facebook, told The Independent at the time.
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"It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away."
However, residents of Ain Sefra - known as the Gateway to the Desert - were left in chaos on January 20 as the town struggled to cope with icy roads, The Telegraph reported.
Ain Sefra is a small Saharan town with a population of about 35,000. Temperatures in the region, which sits at 1078 metres, can drop to below freezing.