Stunning Photos Capture Rare Snowfall Blanketing Cairo

Egyptians woke up Friday morning to see snow on the streets of Cairo for the first time in their lifetimes. Update: Egypt’s Meteorological Authority says its the first snowfall in “very many years.”

1. It was pretty exciting to wake up to snow in Cairo, a city where sweltering sun and dust storms are more the norm.

4. Photos began to pour in from across Egypt, as the Arabic word for snow - #ثلج - began to trend on Twitter.

St Catherines ,December 13, 2013 #Sinai #Egypt #snow

— cairotoday (@Cairo Live 24/7)

"@belharesya: Ok, I had to share this: #Sinai #Egypt #CamelsintheSnow " جمل قطبي

— yamama_sh (@yamama shakaيمامة)

8. Of course, some people were worried about the cold.

In Giza, the Sphinx is about to freeze. If he had a nose, he would sneeze. #dayaftertomorrowincairo

— SamForey (@Samuel Forey)

Cairo beats London.

— minafayek (@Mina Fayek)

10. Others were frustrated with the flooding that followed.

Every single effing winter we discover that #Egypt seemingly doesn't have a single architect that heard about managing snow/water evacuation

— eldahshan (@Mohamed El Dahshan)

11. And some wondered whether Egypt’s much-lauded General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi was responsible for the snow.

Rumor has it that Sisi brought snow to Egypt because he wants to create his own Siberia.

— KarlreMarks (@Karl Sharro)

Ungrateful #Egypt! Unlike any other leader, Sisi gives you snow for Christmas! 2 bad there aren't any Christians left

— MishaZand (@MishaZand)

13. Or whether it was part of Sisi’s alleged dreams of the future.

If Sadat told Sisi about this weather and Sisi never warned us, I’ll be disappointed.

— basildabh (@Basil الضبع)

14. But mostly people were just really excited about the snow!

Incredible. Snow in Cairo, Egypt this AM - the first such occurrence in 112 years. Via @AmrElGabry.

— anthonywx (@Anthony Sagliani)

I have never seen snow in #Egypt. So today, Friday the 13th incidentally, in the year 2013, is historical for many of us #SnowInCairo

— RanyaKhalifa (@Ranya Khalifa رانيا)

#PHOTO: Just like the 'western movies': kids playing in the snow in New #Cairo, #Egypt:

— EgyptianStreets (@Egyptian Streets)

I figured it out, Cairo and Kiev switched places! #SnowInCairo #ProtestsInKiev

— GalalAmrG (@Galal)

#Snow #Sinai

— Herzgezwitscher (@Reno Behpunkt)

PHOTO: Beanies and jackets are out as it snows in New #Cairo earlier this morning #Egypt (via @omarsa2r)

— EgyptianStreets (@Egyptian Streets)

20. One breath taking photo of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, however, turned out to be old.

#Sinai #St_Catherine

— IbrahemKabash (@Kaَ񥆺sh)

Image of snow on monastery in #Sinai, #Egypt, is an old image; in circulation since at least January 8: #DailyDebunk

— Storyful (@Storyful)

22. But in the end, Egypt was happy to again be making history.

It's snowing in several parts of Cairo, Alexandria & other cities. This is very rare to see in #Egypt!

— minafayek (@Mina Fayek)

23. Updated Saturday, 8am GMT : There are disagreements over when it last snowed in Cairo.

Egypt’s Meteorological Authority, which told Buzzfeed on Friday that it was “correct that there has not been snow in Cairo in 112 years,” on Saturday said they were still checking figures.

“It has been very many years, we belive over 100 years but we are still checking the figures,” one official told Buzzfeed by phone.

The figure of 112 years was reported widely by local Egyptian media. On Twitter, Amr El Gabry said he was the original source for what he called a “guestimate” of 112 years. He later revised that figure to 122 years, citing an article.

@4cast4you If you can translate this page to English you will find the figure in this article

— AmrElGabry (@Amr ElGabry)

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Sheera Frenkel is a Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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