Ice Sheets And 'Snow' Have Formed On Mount Kinabalu!

And you thought your office was cold...

Cover image via Facebook via Sabah Info

Sabah is experiencing cold weather thanks to the annual high-pressure cold wind from Siberia. It's so cold that ice sheets were spotted on Mount Kinabalu near Low's Peak recently!

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A rare but natural phenomenon, ice formation has developed due to the colder than usual weather at Mount Kinabalu, which is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia.

According to The Star Online, the surface of the famous Wishing Pool near the summit has frozen and even the morning dew was frozen and fell like "snow".

It was reported that temperatures on the mountain have occasionally gone as low as zero degree Celsius.

Trekkers were extremely excited when they were treated to the sight of ice sheets:

Semoga anugerah Alam ini terus terjaga untuk warisan genarasi akan datang...Terima kasih kepada Ybg Dr Jamili Nais dan seluru warga taman2 Sabah yg sentisa mempertahan serta menjaga Gunung Kinabalu setiap masa...
Dengan Anugerah Alam ini...menjadikan Daerah ranau Khasnya sangat istemewa..

Posted by Bro Benn on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first time ice was spotted at Mount Kinabalu. In fact, it looks like ice occurrences have become increasingly common in the recent years.

A photo of the ice formation found on top of Mount Kinabalu back in 2014.

Image via Free Malaysia Today

A photo from 2014 featuring a man with plants covered with ice.

Image via Free Malaysia Today

Ice was spotted on Mount Kinabalu back in 2015.

Image via NST

In 2014 and 2015, there were many photos circulating online that showed different parts of the mountain covered in ice, as if it was snowing

The cold weather this year is expected to last until March. So, some fortunate hikers may have the opportunity to witness this amazing phenomenon in the coming weeks.

Image via Mount Kinabalu

It is said that February is one of the coldest months in the country due to the northeast monsoon which is expected to end in March.

Fellow hikers need not worry about the unusual weather conditions as it doesn’t disrupt mountain climbing activities, according to Mount Kinabalu Mountain Guides Association president Richard Soibi.

"It has been colder than usual but thankfully the weather has not affected climbing activities on the mountain," he was quoted as saying by The Star.

We'd definitely love to see this for ourselves one day!

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