March 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Updated: March 26, 2018 9:11 pm

‘Orange’ snow delights, confuses in eastern Europe

WATCH ABOVE: The unusual weather phenomenon, which experts say is caused by a cloud of sand from the Sahara desert passing over the Mediterranean sea and across Romania, affected several areas in the southeast of the country. Other countries in Eastern Europe including Russia, Bulgaria and Ukraine have also reported the phenomenon.

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Orange snow has fallen in parts of eastern Europe after a rare meeting of Siberia and the Sahara.

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Meteorologists say the snow from Siberia collided with dust-filled wind from the Sahara desert in Africa.

Orange snow blankets Russian Ski Resort Gorky Gorod in Estosadok, Russia March 23, 2018 in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Picture taken March 23 ,2018.

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The orange snow has been spotted on mountains in Russia’s Sochi region, farther east in Georgia’s Adzharia region and at Romania’s Danube port of Galati.

Some skiers have posted photos on social media joking that they were on Mars, not a mountain.

Romanian meteorologist Mia Mirabela Stamate says a wind carrying sand particles from the Sahara met with a massive snowfall on Friday. She predicts that the orange-hued snow will move eastward.

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