Sahara Snowfall: Winter Storm Touches Algeria

Snow in Sahara Desert

Snow in Sahara Desert

Snow rarely falls in the Sahara where temperatures in the summer frequently hit 38C to 40C (100F to 104F), but it is the third time in nearly 40 years that Ain Sefra has seen snow, with it also receiving a blanketing in 2016 and 2017. This unique culmination of weather patterns resulted in an unexpected snowfall. Since winds travel from west to east, the chilly air over the U.S.

The latest snowfall took place on the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Sahara desert, which is the largest hot desert in the world, has been photographed with a fall of snow for the second time in three years. The Washington Post reports that there were places of the desert that were hit with 15 inches of snow.

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.

The snowfall in the Sahara is only one of the various extreme weather occurrences that are happening around the globe.

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.