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IN PICTURES: Blankets of snow across North Africa

Heavy snow fall has covered northwestern Tunisia

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For the first time in 37 years, Algerian towns like Ain Sefra and Medea experienced snowfall.

Deep in the dry Sahara Desert, Ain Sefra experienced heavy snowfall last month, while coastal towns like Medea saw snow hit hard this past week.

It shocked many people and tourists alike as Ain Sefra is almost 1,078 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and its more than 9 million square kilometers cover most of North Africa.

A woman stands outside her house after a snowfall in Wezra, near Medea. (Reuters)
A woman stands outside her house after a snowfall in Wezra, near Medea. (Reuters)
A general view shows a road after snowfall on the outskirts of Medea. (Reuters)
A general view shows a road after snowfall on the outskirts of Medea. (Reuters)
A girl uses a plastic sack to slide down a snow-covered slope after a snowfall on the outskirts of Medea. (Reuters)
A girl uses a plastic sack to slide down a snow-covered slope after a snowfall on the outskirts of Medea. (Reuters)

In Tunisia, as many as 1,000 motorists were trapped as heavy snow storms covered the sky and their roads last week.

The government was forced opened 10 emergency shelters in schools and sports centers, warning the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

A Tunisian man walks in the snow in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
A Tunisian man walks in the snow in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
A Tunisian girl plays in the snow in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
A Tunisian girl plays in the snow in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
A tractor clears snow off the main road in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
A tractor clears snow off the main road in the town of Maktar in Tunisia's central Siliana region on January 16, 2017. (AFP)
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