Residents of Nyahururu town in Kenya were on Tuesday evening treated to a rare case of snow falling as temperatures dropped with the current cold season.
Rare 'snowfall' in Kenya creates social media buzz
Social media was awash with photos of the 'snow' though the Met Department had a different view on the natural phenomenon
The peculiar weather occurrence brought things to a standstill after centimetres of hail covered the Rumuruti-Nyahururu and the Nyahururu-Maralal roads.
Residents and motorists alike took to social media to post photos and videos of the natural phenomenon:
Not even the Ugandan Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was left out in tweeting about the phenomenon:
And amidst all the excitement of the snow fall, the Kenya meteorological department was quick to clarify the incident as a case of rare hail storm and not snow.
Snow in Kenya is a rare incidence given the country’s close proximity to the Equator as well as vast arid and semi-arid regions.
However, Nyahururu is close to Mt. Kenya, Africa’s highest mountain, hence making it possible for a snow fall in the region.
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