Local people from the small desert town in Ain Sefra in Algeria reported that the red sands of their neighborhood were scattered with a blanket of snow yesterday afternoon.
This town, which is referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Desert’ is considered to be one of the hottest and driest permanent settlements in the entire world.
The last time that the community experienced a snowstorm was in February 1979 when a brief, patchy snowstorm sprinkled the area for approximately half an hour.
This time, the snowstorm lasted for a little bit longer and remained in the group for almost an entire day before eventually melting away.
An amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the phenomenal scenes and answered questions from the media about the phenomenal weather event.
Karim said: “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert. It is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.”