Russia and eastern Europe were blanketed with orange snow in a freak weather event

A still from a video taken at the Alpika Service ski resort in Estosadok, Russia.

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A still from a video taken at the Alpika Service ski resort in Estosadok, Russia.
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  • Russia and eastern Europe were blanketed with orange-tinted snow over the weekend.
  • Storms in northern Africa picked up sand from the Sahara desert and blew it across Europe.
  • The dust then mixed with snow and rain, turning the snow orange.

Parts of Russia and eastern Europe were blanketed with orange-tinted snow over the weekend after sand from the Sahara desert blew across Europe.

Storms in northern Africa picked up sand, dust, and pollen particles from the Sahara and blew them across the Mediterranean and Europe, The Independent reported. It then mixed with snow and rain in eastern Europe and Russia, turning the snow orange.

Skiers and snowboarders in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Romania posted photos of the surreal scenes on social media on Friday and Saturday. People in the region complained of sand in their mouths, the BBC reported.

The weather phenomenon happens every five years or so, and has previously occurred in other parts in the world, meteorologists said.

The same weather event also caused the skies in Greek island of Crete to turn orange on Thursday.

Take a look at the orange snow in Russia and eastern Europe:

Марсианские пейзажи, апокалипсис на горе сегодня! Я думала, что такое бывает только вблизи Африки, на Лансароте-Тенерифе или ещё где-то там, этот ветер горячий, который несёт песок из пустыни. Но в Поляне тоже произошло что-то невероятное, хотя пустыни довольно далеко. Если честно, жёлтый песок сверху мокрого снега, – зрелище необычное, но очень грустное. Сезон, и без того короткий, с каждым днём оставляет все меньше надежд на продолжение. #розахутор #песчанаябуря #желтыйснег #бурявкраснойполяне #rosakhutor #yellowsnow #sandstorm

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Марс атакует ???? #smurygins_family_trip

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And orange skies in Crete: