Iraq's capital of Baghdad awoke on Tuesday to a sight not seen in over a decade - their city covered in snow. Some of the Iraqis also claimed that it was the "first time" they saw snow as opposed to sleet in the past.
According to the Iraqi Meteorological Organization, the country is now experiencing a cold polar air mass, which reached its climax early on Tuesday morning. Weather forecasts indicate that the air mass will cover all the Iraqi soil, causing a sharp drop in temperatures.
"I woke up at dawn, and I was surprised to see the snow covering the whole garden and my auto, then I woke up my wife and two children who dashed to see the incredible view", Rawad Hassan, 35, told the Xinhua News Agency.
In 2008 there was a short-lived snowfall, but it quickly turned to slush - so most people didn't even have the time to see it, let alone experience it properly.
Very few Iraqi residents will have experienced the country's last proper snowfall, so this is quite a momentous, and joyful, a moment for the nation.
Many people out and about got out of their cars and onto the streets, snapping pictures or taking part in once-in-a-lifetime snowball fights. The movement is entering a critical phase, after influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who initially threw his weight behind demonstrators, withdrew it. Tensions have since seethed between protesters and al-Sadr's followers.
'Thank God it is snowing this morning, ' said Aymen Ahmed, one of the Tahrir Square protesters.
Mountainous northern Iraq tends to get snow each year - Kurdish peshmerga forces were pictured training shirtless in the snow earlier this year - but the last time it fell on the capital was in 2008.
Iraq has been hit by a succession of extreme weather events in recent years.
In 2018, chronic water shortages caused a health crisis in the center and south, but the following year, heavy rains caused fatal flooding and significant damage to homes and crops.
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