Rare snowstorm blankets parts of the Sahara desert in up to 16 inches of snow

Parts of the Sahara desert were covered in up to 16 inches of snow as they got hit by a rare snowstorm.

It’s the third time in 40 years that Ain Sefra, known as “The Gateway to the Desert”, has seen snowfall.

In 1979, a snowstorm lasting half an hour stopped traffic. Two years ago, snow settled for around a day, and the town saw snowfall again last year.

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