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When It Snows in Moroccan Desert

Rabat – Residents of Ouarzazate, Taroudant and Zagora would normally have to travel to colder areas of the country to experience snow. But on these past two days, the snow paid these southern cities an unexpected visit, covering their landscapes in white.

The snow in these regions is caused by  a mass of air coming from Northern Europe.

“We have not seen snow for at least thirty years,” Zoubir Bouhout, director of the Provincial Council of Tourism in Ouarzazate, told Morocco World News.

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To their shock, residents and tourists alike took to social media sharing this rare incident on their accounts for the world to see.

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“The snow has such a positive impact on the South,” Bouhout said, explaining that once the snow melts, the water will help fill reservoirs of the region and positively affect the agricultural activity of the South.

Though very aesthetic and helpful for the environment, the fall of rare heavy snow in the the Southern region since Monday has caused the roads to close, particularly in Ouarzazate, “where travelers were forced to wait for the roads to be cleaned before being able to access the city or leave it,” the director of the council added.


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