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Baghdad sees substantial snow for second time in century

  • Iraqis young and old said it was the first time they had ever seen snow falling in Baghdad.
  • More snow was still possible, forecasters said, as the cold wave was not quite over yet.
  • Tuesday’s snow was the first that stuck since 1914.

A rare winter storm coated Baghdad in snow Tuesday morning for only the second time in the Iraqi capital in the past century.

Though snow is common in the mountainous northern region of Iraq, it’s very rare in Baghdad.

The last time the city saw snow was in 2008, but that was a quick, slushy snow. Tuesday’s snow was the first that stuck since 1914. 

City dwellers took selfies, and children played in parks, lobbing snowballs before the fluffy flakes disappeared and the white cover dissolved into gray puddles.

Cold temperatures are unusual in Baghdad as winter is typically on the mild side. The average high temperature in the city is 66 degrees in February, and the average low is 42, according to the World Meteorological Organization. 

A protester tosses a snowball during an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Feb. 11. Snow fell across the Iraqi capital as morning temperatures uncharacteristically hovered around freezing.

In the summer, searing heat is what Baghdad is known for as the city’s average daily high temperature is more than 100 degrees from June through August. 

Iraqis young and old said it was the first time they had seen snow falling in Baghdad, according to Agence France-Presse.

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