The Algerian town of Ain Sefra, deep in the dry, hot Sahara desert was hit by a freak snowfall on December 19.
One of several towns to claim the moniker "Gateway to the Desert," Ain Sefra is 1,078 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. The last time flakes are reported to have fallen here was when a brief blizzard hit town in February 1979.
As well as being one of the driest places in the planet, it's one of the hottest -- temperatures here can reach more than 50 C (122 F).
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