An amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata, was passing the small town of Ain Sefra when he decided to capture the thin blanket of snow over bright red sand dunes of the Sahara desert.The rare and sublime photographs capture the rare event that has taken place after 37 years. Karim Bouchetata said that the snow lasted for about a day and formed fascinating whirling patterns wherever the slopes were too steep for it to settle. He told The Telegraph, "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away."Ain Sefra, founded as a French garrison town in 1881, experienced a traffic-stopping snowstorm in 1979. The town lies within a vast arid landscape on the border of Morocco and Algeria. The dry region has lately been experiencing extreme temperature drops during winters, where it has gone as low as -10.2 degree Celsius.