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PHOTOS: The Sahara Desert, Painted White With Snow

"For a few fleeting hours Sunday, people perched in the arid heights of northwest Algeria caught sight of something rarely seen: the Sahara Desert, shrouded in white. Residents of Ain Sefra, a small town surrounded by the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa, walked outside to find a dusting of snow underfoot — and more than a foot of it crowding the town's outer boundaries."

"While it's not unheard of — snow visited this landscape in December 2016, after all — the wintry weather is indeed rare for the region: As NPR's Maggie Penman pointed out at the time, the last major snowfall in Ain Sefra before that happened in 1979."

Average Snow on Ground at Albany International Airport, 1997-2017

In the past 20 years, Albany has the bulk of it's snow in the months of January, February, March. February by far is the month when you bound to see snow on the ground, especially the first two weeks of February. Then the average snow tapers off, with somewhat likelihood of snow during the last two weeks of March, as winter's last breaths try to blow a bit of fury. April some years has some snow on the ground, but it's more likely to be a dusting then anything else.

Note: There is no recorded snow on the ground at the Albany International Airport between the months of May through September between the years of 1997-2017.

Freezing frogs to hypothermic birds, how will wildlife survive the bitter cold?

"The record or near-record cold that’s gripped Pennsylvania since Christmas and is expected to continue well into this first week of the new year presents challenges to the wildlife of the state."

"Those wild things have evolved a range of specific survival mechanisms to get through periods just like this, as well as those times when the state receives significant snowfall."

"Pennsylvania’s mammal and bird populations entered winter in good shape. Fruits and berries were abundant across most the state from summer into mid-fall. Nut trees dropped a large crop in fall. And, weeds and wildflowers threw a strong crop of seeds in the fall."

"However, none of that precludes the need for an active response against the threats of winter."