Bizarre weather phenomenon sees Sahara Desert doused in layers of snow

A bizarre weather phenomenon has left locals baffled, as the Sahara Desert plains find themselves doused in layers of snow.

Being one of the hottest places on earth, the last you’d expect to be able to have a snowball fight in would be the Sahara Desert – but not anymore, thanks to a bizarre weather conditions in Ain Sefra, Algeria.

Though temperatures in the Sahara often plummet below zero at night, the notoriously dry desert plains are so scare of water any form of precipitation is incredibly unlikely to occur.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata however, was left shocked when he awoke to find the burnt-orange dunes sprinkled in a dusting of white powder, on January 7th.


Karim said: “Ain Sefra is the gate of the Sahara, so it is always very hot here.

“Snowfall is usually incredibly rare, except for in the moutains.

“This is the third time it has snowed in the Sahara in 40 years.

“The animals seemed as confused as we are.

“I pictured a crow and another bird who seemed so confused by the white snow.”