Residents of Saudi Arabia – a land known for its dry heat and drier deserts – woke up this morning to a rather cold surprise.
Plunging temperatures in parts of the country saw the powdery desert turn into a winter wonderland, as freezing conditions took hold.
Saudis have reacted with a healthy dose of good humour and taken to social media to share their excitement – and snowmen photos.
Clearly, the white stuff brings out the inner child in the best of us.
In the central city of Shakra and the northwestern city of Tabuk, thin layers of snow carpeted the ground.
Tabarjal in the northern Al-Jawf region saw temperatures plunge to -3C, while the northern province of Al-Quryat hit -1C.
Some Saudis took full advantage of this rare opportunity – and tried their hand at road ‘skiing’.
One contributor claimed the weather was ‘so European’ he quipped about feeling like a scholarship student – a conversation typically had by Saudi students while in their (much colder) host countries.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Saudi drivers didn’t seem too confident on the icy road streets, preferring to park up instead.