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Rare snowfall and hailstorm cover the Saudi desert

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Rare snowfall and hailstorm cover the Saudi desert

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(CNN) — For most people, thinking of the Saudi desert probably conjures up images of sand dunes baked by an unrelenting sun.

More recently, however, these sands have been blanketed in snow.

Several recent snow and hailstorms in the region have transformed landscapes in and around Saudi Arabia, sparking excitement among locals and causing a stir on social media.

Earlier this month, Saudi photographer Osama Al-Habri captured aerial images of Badr Governorate, southwest of the Islamic pilgrimage city of Medina, dressed in white as locals gathered to enjoy the unusual view.

Al-Harbi told CNN that winter weather of such intensity in the Badr desert region was a rare phenomenon that had not happened in years. He described it as a “historic hailstorm”.

The Saudi photographer, who documented the January 11 scenes, said the site was teeming with visitors, many of whom had traveled miles to get a glimpse of the frozen landscape.

Saudis melt snow for coffee in Jabal al-Lawz near Tabuk.

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At the time of Al-Harbi’s visit, Saudi Arabia’s National Meteorological Center had forecast moderate to heavy rain in the Medina area, along with winds, low visibility and hail, the agency said. Saudi press.

Wintry conditions were encountered again this week, when snow fell in northwestern Saudi Arabia, covering the town of Tabuk, near the border with Jordan, and nearby mountains on February 16, according to Reuters.

Rare snowfall and hailstorm cover the Saudi desert

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