If you had planned to visit Morocco to escape the winter of USA, Canada or Europe then it might be better to review your plans.

Snow on the sand dunes and palms: the cities of Zagora and Ouarzazate, at the gateway to the desert in southern Morocco, are currently covered with a thick white coat, unusual weather phenomenon due to a cold snap from the north from Europe.

Images that have made the rounds of social networks show these two cities and that of Taroudant, in the south of the kingdom also, under the snow.

“The last time it snowed in Zagora was in the 1960s! Here, we are more used to heat waves and drought than to snow (…) it is the stupefaction among the inhabitants, “said Tuesday to AFP a resident of Zagora, a locality located in nearly 700 km from Rabat, beyond the massif of the High Atlas.

Since last weekend, an intense cold spell has hit Morocco-the second in a few weeks-and triggered unusual snowfall in arid parts of the country.

“We do not always see snow in these areas. This is due to a cold air mass coming from northern Europe that went down to the desert, “Houcine Youaabeb told AFP from National Meteorology. According to him, “the cold will continue until Thursday”

The interior of the country, more accustomed to harsh winters with its massive mountains, is also affected by this cold snap.