The icy temperatures in parts of the Saudi Arabia have covered its desert sand with powdery snow. With the temperatures dropping below freezing, Saudis are reacting with a healthy dosage of humor, and even a few snowmen.
Actually, the frigid temperatures and extensive snow is a sudden treat for Saudi Arabia’s central and northwest regions. Usually, they see high temperatures of around 20° C (68° F), even in the November (cold season).
People have taken to social media to put across their feelings on the winter surprise. Here’s how they have reacted:
— جَزيْريّ (@li_liberty) November 23, 2016
— ماجد فتيني (@majed_waheep) November 23, 2016
الجو أوروبي اليوم لدرجة أن واحد قبل شوي عند الإشارة يسألني:
قلت له لا زائر
جلسنا نضحك ونتكلم عن السعودية وعن موعد نزول الثلج????
— 00:00:01 (@sunset01234) November 28, 2016
While some drivers didn’t seem too confident on the slick streets, with an image showing a pile of cars pulled over on the side of the street, others opted to play in the snow rather than drive.
Snow falls in Northern Saudi Arabia: pic.twitter.com/PkAvPVWVJA
— Arabian Veritas (@ArabianVeritas) November 24, 2016
— المملكة اليوم (@KSATODAY1) November 26, 2016
Notably, Saudis faced condemnation earlier in January 2015 by a cleric when they took part in the activity during a freak snowfall. The cleric called it sinful and ‘anti-Islamic’ and issued a fatwa (religious ruling) forbidding the activity.
However, his view was clearly not shared by everyone in the nation.
The snowfall came as temperatures fallen at -3 ° C (26.6 ° F) in the Al-Jawf region and -1 ° C (30.2 ° F) in the northern province of Al-Quryat, as per a report in Saudi Gazette.