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Slideshow: Orange snow blankets Russia, blamed on this

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(@slivi4/Instagram via CNN) Orange snow has fallen in parts of eastern Europe after a rare meeting of Siberia and the Sahara. Meteorologists say the snow from Siberia collided with dust-filled wind from the Sahara desert in Africa. (@slivi4/Instagram via CNN) Orange snow has fallen in parts of eastern Europe after a rare meeting of Siberia and the Sahara. Meteorologists say the snow from Siberia collided with dust-filled wind from the Sahara desert in Africa.
(Margarita Alshina via AP) This handout photo taken on Friday, March 23, 2018, shows orangee snow in the mountains at the Rosa Khutor ski resort near Rosa Khutor, outside Sochi, Russia. (Margarita Alshina via AP) This handout photo taken on Friday, March 23, 2018, shows orangee snow in the mountains at the Rosa Khutor ski resort near Rosa Khutor, outside Sochi, Russia.

(CNN/Meredith) -- Skiers and snowboarders were met with orange-tinted snow in Sochi, Russia, this weekend.

The usually powdery white snow turned colors due to a sandstorm that blew across the Sahara Desert in North Africa.

"We're skiing on Mars today," exclaimed one social media user as he skied down the slopes.

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The sandstorm made its way through Greece up to Russia and was so big that it could actually be seen via NASA satellite imagery.

The Athens Observatory said on Friday that this is one of the largest transfers of desert sand to Greece from the Sahara ever.

The African dust covered the entire country and concentrations were the highest in the last 10 years, according to the observatory's meteorological service.

The red dust caused limited visibility for people as they tried to make their way down the slopes in Sochi.

CNN's Alla Eshchenko, Hal, y Brink and Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.

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