SANTIAGO, Chile (August 26, 2013)--A rare snowfall in Chile's Atacama Desert delighted visitors to what ordinarily is one of the world's driest areas.
Residents said the weekend snowfall was the heaviest in three decades for the desert city of San Pedro de Atacama, which is 750 miles north of the capital, Santiago.
But local officials said they’re concerned the snow and rain that fell over the weekend could cause some rivers to flood as has happened in the past.
The road to San Pedro de Atacama was temporarily blocked because of the unusual weather, the national tourism office said.
No evacuations were ordered, although officials say they expect more rain to fall in the area.