Chile's Atacama Desert Sees Rare Snowfall|
Local officials say they are concerned that the heaviest snowfall in 30 years could cause rivers to flood. A rare snowfall in Chile's Atacama desert has delighted visitors to one of the world's driest areas.
Residents of San Pedro de Atacama say the weekend snow was the heaviest in three decades for the desert city, which is 750 miles north of the capital, Santiago.
But local officials say they are concerned that the snow and rain that fell over the weekend could cause some rivers to flood as has happened in the past.The national tourism office says the road to the city was temporarily blocked due to the unusual weather.
Officials have not ordered any evacuation, although they expect more rain in the area.The desert is described as the driest hot desert in the world.It is made up mostly of salt lakes, sand and felsic lava.Its average rainfall is less than one inch.