Extremely rare winter storm brings snow to Baghdad for second time in 100 years

It just snowed in Baghdad for the second time in 100 years – New York Daily News

An Iraqi man takes pictures with his smart phone during snow fall early on February 11, 2020 in Baghdad, as the Iraqi capital woke up covered in a thin layer of fresh snow, an extremely rare phenomenon for one of the world’s hottest countries. (SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images)

A rare winter storm in Baghdad, Iraq, brought snow to the city for only the second time in 100 years.

My parents sent me this picture live from karbala . It’s behind our house covered in snow! pic.twitter.com/Yr4mfaa6dG— Mona | مِنى ✨ (@MunaBaker) February 11, 2020

The city previously experienced slushy snow in 2008, but the Tuesday morning snow was the first that stuck since 1914.Advertisement

#Karbala_Snow Snow saluting OWNERS OF UNIVRSE IMAM HUSSAIN A.S and ABUL FAZAL AL ABBAS A.S 😭❤ pic.twitter.com/NEiKWKGIYA— Jarrie (@Jarrie62069636) February 11, 2020

Pictures and videos of the rare weather event flooded social media.

The average temperature for Baghdad in February is 66 deg F, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Iraqis were pleasantly surprised by the flurries, with snowball fights and snowmen popping up throughout the city before temperatures raised and melted much of the accumulation.

Snow in Iraq 🇮🇶 it’s a miracle pic.twitter.com/IZexdimjky— metalheadiraqi (@sana_ist90) February 11, 2020

“I woke up at dawn, and I was surprised to see the snow covering the whole garden and my car, then I woke up my wife and two children who dashed to see the incredible view,” Rawad Hassan, 35, told the Xinhua News Agency.

Forecasters said the snow could return overnight into Wednesday as another cold front coming down from Europe was expected to hit the region.

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