Fish fall from the sky in a rare weather event 1:43
For most people, thinking of the Saudi Arabian desert probably conjures up images of sand dunes baked by an unrelenting sun.
Recently, however, those sands have been covered in snow.
Several snow and hail storms in the region transformed landscapes in and around Saudi Arabia, sparking excitement among locals and causing a sensation on social media.
Earlier this month, Saudi photographer Osama Al-Habri captured aerial images of Badr Governorate, southwest of the Islamic pilgrimage city of Medina, washed white as locals gathered to enjoy the unusual sight.
Al-Harbi told CNN that winter weather of such intensity in the Badr desert area was a rare phenomenon that had not occurred in years.
He described it as a "historic hailstorm".
The Saudi photographer, who documented the scenes on January 11, said the site was packed with visitors, many of whom had traveled miles to catch a glimpse of the frozen landscape.
At the time of Al-Harbi's visit, the Saudi National Meteorological Center had forecast moderate to heavy rain in the Medina region, along with strong winds, poor visibility and hail, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Wintry conditions were recorded again this week, when snow fell in northwestern Saudi Arabia, covering the town of Tabuk, near the Jordanian border, and nearby mountains on February 16, according to Reuters.