The Sahara Desert is famous for its boiling temperatures and massive landscapes. It's home to thousands of rare species, unique plants, and a few thousand people who have become accustomed to the rough living conditions of this vast environment. But last Sunday, the locals saw a rare snow that turned their Sahara into a winter wonderland. 

The small town of Ain Sefra, in the Algerian Desert, also known as 'The Gateway to the Desert,' saw a heavy snow fall early Sunday morning that left them with a 16 inch (40.6 centimeters) white blanket. This part of the desert has seen snow fall only three times in the past 37 years (1979, 2016, 2017) and although it melted only a few hours after it fell, there was still time for children to make snow angles, make snowmen, have snowball fights, and these 11 beautiful photographs to be taken.