First snowfall ever in parts of Morocco

Up to 282 cm (110 inches) of snow in the Middle Atlas. That’s more than 9 feet.

Since February 3, 2018, significant snowfall has hit several regions of Morocco, for the first time ever for some.

From February 6 to 7, up to 282 cm of snow was recorded by the National Meteorological Directorate on Jbal Habri (Ifrane) and 272 cm at Michlifen Station.

The snow caused major disruptions in transportation. Some 38 roads were still cut due to the snow at 23:00 on Tuesday, February 6.

In the city of Ifrane, the snow reached 173 cm (5 ft-8 inches) deep.

In the province of Khenifra, snow depths of 170 cm were recorded in Moulay Yaâcoub and 190 cm in Ouiwane. In Beni-Mellal, 85 cm were recorded at Aghbala.

Look at this picture of Ifrane, Morocco, on February 6, 2018.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

15 thoughts on “First snowfall ever in parts of Morocco”

  1. found some info about Atlas mountains:

    Atlas Mountains: Annual Weather Averages.
    July is the hottest month in Atlas Mountains with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July. The wettest month is April with an average of 35mm of rain.

    The Atlas Mountains extend some 2,500km across northwestern Africa, spanning Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. Actually a series of ranges with diverse terrain, climates and wildlife, the Atlas are dotted with Berber villages and riven with canyons and ravines. The highest peak is 4,167m (13,671ft) Toubkal, which lies within Morocco’s Toubkal National Park.

  2. Given that the European Snow season has only just started its very likely that there will be more snow storms like this one over the next 6 weeks.
    The more Snow which lands on the Southern side of the Atlas range means more ground water replenishment in North Africa.
    There is a sequence of rain bearing cold air pluses passing of the UK on a Northerly/North Westerly track which will pickup cold air from a very cold continent, that track takes that weather over the Southern side of the Med.

  3. Ifrane is at 1600 – 1700m . I’ve seen and driven through very deep snow in the Atlas so it’s not unusual, though rare to get such a depth. There is even a ski resort in Morocco – Oukaïmeden which goes up to 3000m + .

    • There are ski resorts in Algeria as well.

      I worked in Algeria many years ago. Snow is not uncommon.
      At one location in the Atlas mountains we couldn’t go to the worksite – we were snowed in at our hotel.

      South of the Atlas is the start of the Sahara. The very North of the Sahara is on a high plateau some of it over 600 – 800 metres ASL.
      There are sand dunes on this plateau – I have seen snow on some of these dunes.

    • I’ve skied at the ski resort near Ifrane and they have plenty of snow, but this is a lot more than normal. You can drive from a warm day on the Atlantic beaches to skiing at Ifrane in just a couple of hours and it is well worth the trip.

  4. Precisions : Yes, snow is not new in Morocco . High, Middle Atlas, & Rif ranges (Ifrane city) have alway been covered by snow in winter and there are 3 ski stations there : Oukaimeden, Michlifen & Jbel Hebri. BUT what is happening now is a serie of first time events never seen before ; snow in Sahara, in the South plains, in cities like Taza, Meknes , Zagora. And unprecedented quantity of snow in the mountains with 2m and above in certain places. Also we had a fist major waterspoot off the coast.

  5. Are you are suggesting that ‘over 9′ of snow fell’ in a 24 (or 48?) hour period? In Africa, no less! Either this is a typo or somebody is smoking crack. Please correct the former, or get help for the latter.

  6. “Up to 282 cm (110 inches) of snow in the Middle Atlas. That’s more than 9 feet.”
    Rule of thumb – 1 foot of snow is equals one inch of rain.
    That’s a lot of water waiting for the spring thaw.

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