The cold snap gripping most of Europe has spread south to the 9.4million square kilometre African desert.
A blanket of freezing snow has settled on the dunes up to a metre thick in some places.
Astonishing photos that emerged today from the town of Ain Safra, known as the ‘gateway to the desert’, show scenes reminiscent of a mountain range.
It comes just weeks after snow hit the Sahara for the first time in 37 years.
The town received a light dusting before Christmas, but now waist-deep snow has been reported in some areas.
Children have been tobogganing in the thick snow and enjoying other wintery activities such as building snowman following the rare snowfall.
But the cold snap has also brought chaos to the tiny town, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.
Until recently the last time snow was seen in Ain Sefra was during a half-hour blizzard in February 1979.
The freak weather stunned residents and also brought traffic to a standstill.
The phenomenon in the Sahara came as 2016 was named the world’s warmest year ever.
The largest hot desert in the world, the average daytime temperature reaches around 40 degrees Celsius, but during the nights the mercury drops considerably and has known to hit minus on some nights.
Areas of higher altitude are more likely to see snow, but it rarely spreads to the sand dunes or settles.