Sahara Desert Snow

It snowed in northern Africa this week. Actually, it snowed in the Sahara Desert this week

Snow fell outside of Ain Sefra, Algeria earlier this week. Typically, when you think of the Saharan Desert, you think extreme heat. This area can easily see some of the warmest temperatures on the planet. But, on the other hand, winter nights can cool into the 30s. Snow fell in a similar region of Algeria in 2017 for the first time in over 35 years.

The meteorological service of Algeria called the event “special”.

 

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Posted under Winter Weather

This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 10, 2018

Wintry Weather Thursday

Drizzle and dense fog this evening turns to light rain after midnight. Between 7-11 AM Thursday (from west to east) light rain transitions to a rain/sleet/snow mixture. Areas north and west of a line from Waterloo to Decorah will transition to snow early in the morning then late in the morning southeast of that line. Temperatures are in the mid-upper 30s around sunrise.

By noon temperatures are in the low teens and a strong northwest wind pushing wind chills to near zero.

Wind gusts are near 40 mph all afternoon and most of Thursday night. This will cause blowing snow where the snow fell.

Snow gradually tapers off in the afternoon from west to east. Snow accumulations range from 1-3” north and west of a line from Waterloo to Decorah. South and east of that line a trace to 1” of snow.

 

Friday and Saturday are dry and cold with highs in the teens.

Light snow develops in the afternoon Sunday and continues overnight. Snow tapers off Monday morning. A couple of inches of snow are possible. Monday is windy causing blowing snow with wind chills during the day below zero.

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Posted under Forecast Discussion, Winter Weather

This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 10, 2018