Orange snowstorm submerges tourist resorts with eerie apocalyptic scenes
Cities around Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania have all reported the bizarre orange snow phenomenon, videos of which have quickly gone viral.
Tourist destinations, including ski resorts, have been blanketed by the orange snow, which has turned snowy mountains into sand dunes.
Several witnesses compared the scene to an "apocalyptic scenario" or something that resembled the surface of Mars.
Scientists have blamed the eerie snow tint, which varied from light yellow to intense orange and even brown, on a mix of sand and pollen.
Experts from the Sochi Centre of Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Black and Azov Seas were sent to test the strange sight yesterday.
A spokesman for the centre said the cause of the phenomenon was likely winds carrying sand from the Sahara, which then fell as rain.
However, they also predicted that things will be back to normal within days.
Tourists at a ski resort in Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, posted photos on Instagram and Twitter of the hazy landscapes and yellow-orange slopes.