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It Snowed Where? 10 Shocking Snow Cities

Jon Erdman | TWC
Published: January 19, 2013

Tehran, Iran

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Iranians dress a snowman they made at Laleh (Tulip) park in downtown Tehran, Jan. 6, 2008.

Perhaps snow and the Middle East don't seem to mesh.  Triple-digit heat, sometimes oppressive humidity (even in the desert), and those infamous sandstorms.   

However, you've likely become familiar with the challenges our troops have faced over the harsh winters in Afghanistan.  

Tehran, Iran is roughly the same latitude as Asheville, N.C. (35.6 deg. N) and just over 1700 feet higher.  Average highs in January are only in the middle 40s.  That leaves the door open just enough for snow.

In early January 2008, heavy snow and a subsequent cold wave shut down the city.  Almost 3 years earlier, up to 39" of snow in the city's northern edge required the use of 10,000 bulldozers to keep the main thoroughfares passable.  

North of the city, the Alborz Mountains are blanketed in snowfall each winter.  You can hit the slopes at the Dizin ski resort!  

Finally, let's end with a city in the desert that sees know year round!


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