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[PHOTOS] Rare Sight Of Ice Crystals And 'Snow' Form On Mount Kinabalu

Winter is coming.

Cover image via Wandy John (Facebook)

On Saturday, 19 September, a hiker spotted ice crystals that had formed along the peak of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

Facebook user Wandy John shared photos and a video of the phenomenon. His post went viral after Mount Kinabalu Facebook page reposted it.

Although this is not the first time that the mountain has seen 'snow-like' frost, it is still an incredibly rare sight

In previous years, trekkers have seen ice sheets form near the mountain's summit

Between 2014 and 2017, photos of frost and ice sheets on Mount Kinabalu circulated the Internet. 

Being one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia, it is reported that temperatures on Mount Kinabalu's peak can drop to as low as -2°C to 0°C. So it is a natural phenomenon when puddles of water freeze over to form ice sheets.

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According to a New Straits Times article in 2018, Kinabalu mountain guide association president Junaydie Sihan shared that ice forms at least once or twice a year. However, it is rare.

"But they are not snow, they are just ice particles," he told Harian Metro.

Cold winds blew in from Siberia causing ice sheets to form on Mount Kinabalu in 2017:

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