Gorgeous photos from first snowfall in the Sahara desert in 40 years

Gorgeous photos from first snowfall in the Sahara desert in 40 years

A set of rare and beautiful images resulting from the first snowfall in the Sahara desert for nearly 40 years have surfaced online.

Snow in the sahara desert

Snow in the Sahara near the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria

Snow in Sahara desert

Thin layer of snow formed whirling patterns on the surface

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Amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata took the photos of the scene in a small Algerian town which is located on the northern edge of the desert.

Snow in Sahara desert

Karim Bouchetata captured the images a few days ago

Snow in Sahara desert

It is the first time in almost 40 years that snow has been seen in Ain Sefra

In the pictures, a thin layer of snow can be seen resting on the deep orange dunes where it laid for about a day. This formed some whirling patterns that are beautiful to behold.

Snow in Sahara desert

The spectacle lasted for about a day

Snow in Sahara desert

The village is only about 1,000 feet above sea level

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The photographer said, “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.

Snow in Sahara desert

An amateur photographer captured a series of rare images

Snow was last seen in the area in 1979 when a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic.

Check out the stunning video of another snow-covered desert.

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