The severe winter cold and snow that killed hundreds of people while disrupting the lives of millions in Europe over three weeks also left a heavy mark on residents of neighboring northern Africa.
Hardest hit in Africa was the eastern Atlas Mountain region of northeastern Algeria into northwestern Tunisia, where snow has piled up by the foot, multiple news outlets have said.
Deep snow reportedly isolated villages, forcing authorities to airdrop supplies to the snowbound residents.
The embedded video shows a rugged landscape smothered in snow in Jijel, a district that reaches from Mediterranean beaches to 4,000-foot mountain tops.
It was the first range of hills above the Mediterranean Sea, such as those in Jijel, that likely caught the worst of the snow as heavy storm clouds blew in from Europe.
The combination of a massive arctic outbreak pouring out of Europe and added Mediterranean moisture uplifted and wrung out over the Atlas Mountains bred the extreme snowfalls.
Unlike the vast Sahara whose desert climate dominates northern Africa, the Atlas Mountain region of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco shares a moderate, adequately watered "Mediterranean" climate.
The bulk of yearly precipitation falls during the winter, as it does elsewhere in the Mediterranean basin. Winter snow is common over higher slopes of the Atlas, but rarely does it reach the depths seen in 2012.
Video credit: MrAnisjsk/YouTube
Following the blizzard conditions that struck Chicago at the start the week, another snowstorm is set to sweep across the region by midweek.
Following a bout of rain showers, residents across the Washington D.C. area can expect drier weather and some sunshine to carry through the end of the week.
Another round of snowfall is set to hit by midweek, but will likely only bring a light accumulation.
Following heavy snowfall in the Detroit area to start the week, another storm is set to sweep over the region by midweek, but will likely only bring a light accumulation.
The Seattle area is facing drenching rain and abundant clouds through the early part of the week.
A snowstorm will sweep from the Midwest to the Northeast into Groundhog Day causing major travel delays as well as power outages.
Pacific Northwest (1987)
A storm produced wind gusts to 100 mph at Cape Blanco, OR and up to six inches of rain in the northern coastal mountain ranges.
St. Louis, MO (1893)
Snow and sleet with thunder and lighting at 13 degrees. (Thunder on and off for 3 hours).
Texas to New England (1951)
one of the greatest ice storms in U.S. history. Storm ran from Texas to New England. (Jan 28-Feb 4). 1/2 to 4 inches of ice collapsed buildings downed wires, trees, etc. At least 36 killed. Over a $100 million damage.