Snowy hills of the Sahara! Only the fourth time in 42 years

Again? No, snow is a thing of the past!

Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021

CAIRO: Temperatures have fallen in the Sahara desert to as low as -3C, leaving sand dunes in one Algerian town dusted with snow.

This drop in temperature allowed the town of Ain Sefra to experience snow for only the fourth time in 42 years. The other three times were in 1979, 2017, and 2018. In 2017, a blizzard dumped snow up to a meter deep in Ain Sefra.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata posted dramatic images and video of the unique weather in the remote town.

Ain Sefra is located in the Atlas Mountains, 1,000 meters above sea level and is known as “the gateway to the desert.”

It lies in the Naama province of Algeria in the northern part of the Sahara, near to the Moroccan border.

Central Russia is buried in snowdrifts, of which many remember only a distant childhood!

Did you know that even today the Sahara desert was covered with snow? More precisely, its surroundings are in Algeria and Saudi Arabia. The last time it snowed here was in 2018.

In general, the cold in winter is not uncommon here. Desert nights are far from hot, even in summer.

However, this time it dropped to -2 ° C. For the first time in 40 years!

And the blame for everything is a cold anticyclone originating in Central Asia. The temperature dropped to negative values a week ago. And now, the snow has fallen!

The rare occurrence has caused great unrest among tourists and locals. You can admire the snow-covered dunes in the numerous pictures published on the Internet.


On January 10, locals in the mountainous region were treated to a flurry of snow.


Snow also fell near the desert town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria this week.

Photographer Karim Bouchetata took incredible photos of ice covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town.

Sheep were seen standing on the ice-covered dunes on Wednesday as temperatures dipped to -3C.

6 thoughts on “Snowy hills of the Sahara! Only the fourth time in 42 years”

  1. Well it was about as exciting as a European winter being cold. It’s so cold here in the UK that i’ve still got my windows open at nearly 8 PM.

    I was hoping for a Mt Hood eruption on inauguration day to get the god-boys all excited but it failed to happen. I guess life just sucks and then you die.

    We didn’t even get an asteroid 🙁

  2. I know the Atlas mountains get snow and keep it coming, because there are ski resorts up there. And yes, I’ve seen the prior photos of snow blanketing Sahara dunes and sticking around for a while.

    I have to say that I’m feeling kind of sorry for the camels because they grow have heavier coats when the weather gets cold over there, but there’s no place for them to shelter out of the wind from that white stuff. The humidity level there must be quite high.

    At least I know where MY snow went: took a trip to Africa and didn’t tell me ahead of time.

  3. Forget the standard extinction rebellion protests. IF we’re GOING TO stop THEM,We need to get our hands dirty with Biden/Trump elections AND priti patel (The stupid pr**k from the UK who exiles wrongly-convicted europeans)

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