Freak heavy snowfall in SAHARA desert turns massive sand dunes into sledging paradise

*Note: Job 38:22-23

Article By: Martin Bagot

These bizarre scenes from the Sahara Desert show locals sledging down sand dunes after the heaviest snowfall in living memory.

Photographers have taken incredible pictures this morning of ONE METRE deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra. The town saw a sprinkling of snow just before Christmas, when a few flakes settled on the red sand dunes of the world’s hottest desert for the 1st time in 37 years. But today the snow has been falling steadily & is now waist deep in some parts of Ain Sefra, which is known as “The Gateway to the Desert.”

The snow has caused chaos in the town w/passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery & icy.People sledging in the Sahara DesertPeople sledging in the Sahara Desert (Photo: Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson Photography)

Snowfall in the Sahara DesertThe sand dunes were turned into snow-covered hills (Photo: Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson Photography)

The freak weather has totally changed the look of the place. Children are making the most of the rare snow storm & are building SNOWMEN in the desert town & SLEDGING down the sand dunes.

Photographer Sekkouri Kamel, 38, said: “It started snowing at around 1.30 am this morning & is now 1 metre deep in some places. It’s absolutely incredible to have so much snow.”

Apart from the sprinkling before Christmas, snow was last seen in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979, when the snow storm lasted just half an hour. Ain Sefra is around 1000 metres above sea level & surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.Snowfall in the Sahara Desert town of Ain SefraThe whole area had a peppering of snow (Photo: Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson Photography)

Snowfall in the Sahara Desert town of Ain SefraThe desert town of Ain Sefra rarely sees snow (Photo: Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson Photography)

The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa & it has gone through shifts in temperature & moisture over the past few 100 thousand years. Although the Sahara is very dry today, it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.

It comes after expats who thought they had left behind the cold British winter & moved to Spain were in for a shock this week when Majorca & Benidorm were covered in a blanket of snow. Brits who have retired to sunnier climes were greeted by the 1st snow in years w/temperatures on the island of Majorca dipping to -2C.

Roads in the small Majorcan village of Valldemossa ground to a halt while on the mainland in Benidorm temperatures dipped below 0 despite the average for January normally expected to be a balmy 17C. Beaches, pools & promenades were covered with a layer of snow as temperatures dipped down to just 7C in the Costa Blanca. Some food suppliers & supermarkets have warned that the recent bad weather in Italy & Spain may significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe.Snow poolside in Benidorm (Photo: @bikersespana)

The bad weather has caused traffic chaos in Valldemossa (Photo: Splash News)

A cat walks over the snow in the countryside near Mula, in Murcia (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

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