Sixteen inches fell from the sky and turned the region's red sand dunes into an otherworldly landscape, and one rarely found in Earth's hottest desert.
The snow stuck around from morning until 5 p.m., photographer Karim Bouchetata told the newspaper. Before that, the last snow was recorded in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979.
While snow is historically scant in the desert area, a similar snow phenomenon happened just past year. The precipitation was a result of high air pressure over Europe pulling cold air into northern Africa. "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". 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.
This isn't the first time that part of the desert has had snow.