This Is Why Orange Snow Is Falling Over Eastern Europe

It's like something out of an Orhan Pamuk novel.

People aren't ordinarily accustomed to seeing peach-colored snow fall from the sky, but that's precisely what skiers in Sochi woke up to over the weekend.

The unusual phenomenon was due to a massive sandstorm that blew across the Sahara, carrying sand and dust all the way to southern Russia, 1500 miles away, giving its snowflakes an orange tint. According to the Athens Observatory, this is one of the most intense dust transfers through Greece that they have ever seen.

Despite the fact that it limited visibility somewhat, skiers hit the slopes, sharing incredible images on social media of this tangerine snowstorm.

"We're skiing on Mars," one user wrote wrote in the caption to a video.

The orange snow isn't limited to southern Russia either. Social media users in parts of Ukraine and Romania have also shared photos of this rare natural phenomenon, which happens approximately once every five years.

"Orange is the new white. Tulcea, azi, dupa viscol. #unfiltered#orangesnow," journalist Carmen Avram wrote from Tuclea, a city near the border of Romania and Ukraine.

And for more stunning photos of crazy weather, check out 11 Stunning Photos of Rome Covered in the Snow.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more