Sahara Desert Witnesses Snowfall Due To Drop In Temperature; Watch Video

Sahara Desert Witnesses Snowfall Due To Drop In Temperature; Watch Video

This year, Sahara Desert, the hottest place on earth received snow, much to the surprise of the locals as well as people around the world.

A year ago the town, known as "The Gateway to the Desert" saw deep snow shortly after Christmas and it caused chaos, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.

This winter has brought extreme weather to some unexpected places - like snow in the Sahara. It is what has led to the flip in weather patterns and led to such a drastic change. Since winds travel from west to east, the chilly air over the U.S.

Other than a snow storm which lasted just 30 minutes last year, this is the first time snow has been seen in the town for 37 years.

Although the temperatures can plummet very quickly at night it is rare for snowfall to occur as there is not any water to create any sort of precipitation.

In some parts of the sand dunes, the snow cover was 15 inches (or 40 cms) thick, transforming the landscape into an otherworldly scene of white and red on.

The town, which is surrounded by hot desert and not used to managing snow, experienced some difficulties with icy roads.

Children from Ain Sefra enjoyed the winter wonderland in which they found themselves, building snowmen and sliding down the ice-covered dunes in sleds.

Images captured from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite show the blanketing snowfall in northwest Algeria, right on the edge of the Sahara desert - which averages between 104 degrees and 117 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

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