Watch: Snow covers Sahara Desert for the third time in four decades

Ain Sefra, a small North African desert town, now nestles in around 16-inch deep blanket of snow. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 09, 2018, 05.33 AM (IST)

Shortly after reports of 'partially frozen' Niagra Falls made headlines, people turned to the Sahara Desert which recently witnessed a snowfall -- a phenomenon that happened for the third time in around four decades. 

Ain Sefra, a small North African desert town, now nestles in around 16-inch deep blanket of snow.  

The village is surrounded by the Atlas mountains and located around thousand metres above sea level.

It is also known as the gateway to the world hottest desert -- the Sahara.  

The last time when snow hit Ain Sefra was close to 37 years ago.

Clad in pure-white snow, Ain Sefra is a spectacle to behold; photographers throng the site to capture the rare sight and immortalise its scenic beauty. 

The average temperature around the village area is recorded at 37-degree Celsius.

Experts note the Sahara Desert to have undergone climatic changes in the past few hundred thousand years.