Many trees and roads in Sa Pa are blanketed by thick snowfall in a photo taken on December 15, 2013.
Rare snowfall in Sa Pa, a town in the northern province of Lao Cai, Vietnam had attracted lots of tourist to the tourist destination. Anyway the snow has also caused serious damage to the farms around the area. The Nui Xe Station said that it began snowing at around 9a.m. on Dec 15, 2013. Many roads and trees have been blanketed by 5 to 10cm thick snow. According to the Lao Cai Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, another cold spell is expected to hit the province in the coming days.
Snow rollers can be ball-like or noodle-shaped. As long as they’re cylindrical with a hollow center they earn the name. Image by WikiCommons
The frosty doughnuts above are a rare, natural phenomena called snow rollers. Gravity or wind sets the snow roller creation in motion. Just like making a good snow ball, the snow must be slightly wet to stick. Image by Gord Campbell.
The snow spires can range from less than an inch up to 16 feet high. Image by RedTeam
The snow spikes above, called penitentes, are naturally formed. They can occur anywhere there’s snow and sun but are seen most often high in the mountains. Penitentes are made when the sun hits a snow field and causes the snow to transform directly to vapor, skipping the liquid stage. Image by DreamX.