A rare snowstorm swept across the Sahara desert Sunday.
With temperatures touching 1 degree Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit), residents in the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra enjoyed sliding down the small sections of dunes on Sunday morning before the snow melted away.
"We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again". Some reports say parts of the area got almost 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch. But photographers at the scene said the snow actually stayed intact for a good portion of the day.More news: Tonya Harding: "I Was Scared" After 1994 Attack on Nancy Kerrigan
Unfortunately rising temperatures meant it began to melt around 5 o'clock.
Ain Sefra last saw weather like this in December of 2016, but prior to that, it hadn't seen any snow at all since January of 1979. Thanks to this considerable accumulation, significantly more than the light dusting it experienced just over a year ago, the snow managed to stick around for a bit longer this time. "It seems like the snowy pictures were taken across the higher areas in the north of the region, towards the Atlas regions, so it's not surprising that the area would see some snow if the conditions were right". "So it's ridiculous to say that this is the first, second, third time it snowed, as nobody would know how many times it has snowed in the past unless they were there".