Freak weather leaves Sahara Desert covered in one metre of snow video

Snow has not fallen in Ain Sefra since February 18, 1979.

Snow has not fallen in Ain Sefra since February 18, 1979.

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.

Algeria's Ain Sefra is situated in the Saharan Atlas Mountains.
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Algeria's Ain Sefra is situated in the Saharan Atlas Mountains.

"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.

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