Orange snow falls in Eastern Europe

Parts of Eastern Europe have been treated to a rare sight - orange snow.

It's been seen on Sochi mountains in Russia, in Georgia's Adzharia region and at the port of Galati on the Danube river in Romania.

The unusual colour is the result of sandstorms in the Sahara desert, according to meteorologists. The combination of a strong African wind with a massive snowfall resulted in a landscape that some have said looks more like the planet Mars than a mountain.

Skiers and snowboarders took to social media to share pictures of the surreal, sepia-toned scenery.

The phenomenon occurs about once every five years, but this time there's more sand in the air than usual.

Some people have complained about getting sand in their mouths - a strange experience to have in a cold mountainous region.

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