The Hush Post: In a bizarre incident, parts of Eastern Europe and Russia are witnessing a blanket of orange snow that has covered mountain tops. This orange coloured snow affected the countries of Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania and gave a distinctive ‘Mars-like’ look to these areas.
Skiers and snowboarders took to Instagram and Twitter to share pictures of this unique event.
Officials say that dust from a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert is the cause behind this freak weather incident.
“As the sand gets lifted to the upper levels of the atmosphere, it gets distributed elsewhere. Looking at satellite imagery from Nasa, it shows a lot of sand and dust in the atmosphere drifting across the Mediterranean,” said Steven Keates, who is a weather forecaster at the Meteorological Department of the United Kingdom.
Along with the sand that was kicked up by the sandstorm, a mix of dust and pollen particles were also swept across by storms in Northern Africa. Also, a polar Jet Stream made it’s way further south than usual, last week, and this caused the sand, pollen and dust particles to deposit on to the snow.
“A trail of storms have been going through Italy, the Balkans, Ukraine and into western Russia, and finally this last storm that finally moved through, an area of lower pressure closer to the northern coast of Libya, helped pull the dust up,” said Tyler Roys, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.