Rare snow and hailstorms cover Saudi desert

Several recent snow and hailstorms in the region have transformed landscapes in and around Saudi Arabia, stirring excitement among locals and causing a sensation on social media, and pictured, Saudis melt snow for coffee in Jabal al-Lawz near Tabuk. (Ibrahim Assiri/AFP/Getty Images/CNN) Several recent snow and hailstorms in the region have transformed landscapes in and around Saudi Arabia, stirring excitement among locals and causing a sensation on social media, and pictured, Saudis melt snow for coffee in Jabal al-Lawz near Tabuk. (Ibrahim Assiri/AFP/Getty Images/CNN)

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