Sahara Desert – Biggest snowfall in living memory

The snow is waist deep in places! 

More than one meter (3 ft) of snow covered the sand this morning in parts of the town of Ain Sefra.

The snow has been falling steadily and is now waist deep in some parts of the small Saharan desert town, often called “The Gateway to the Desert.”

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

Apart from a few flakes of snow before Christmas, snow was last seen in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979. That snow storm lasted just half an hour.

Ain Sefra is around 3,280 feet (1000 m) above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.