Apparently it snowed in Mount Kinabalu, Sabah this morning. And this time, it was for real.
A video capturing the snow at the highest mountain in Southeast Asia went viral this morning (28 February) and it was also shared by Facebook Page MOUNTAIN TORQ.
The person who recorded the incident can be heard reporting about the snow excitedly.
“It’s snowing in Mount Kinabalu! Wow! It’s just like tempat orang putih!”
The video was captured by 46-year-old Hajiris Sulomin, Mountain Torq Via Ferrata trainer who revealed that the phenomena took place at 7:18am today and it lasted only for 2-3 minutes.
Despite the snow being short-lived, it was enough to keep Hajiris and the other climbers excited for the rare and stunningly beautiful view.
You can watch the full video below:
The last snow was almost 3 decades ago, although it did shock netizens when ice particles showed up on the same mountain back in 2020.
Kinabalu Park deputy director Justinus Guntapid confirmed that climbers and guides experience the “snowing” along their trail from Sayat Sayat (KM7) trail to the summit at about 6.40am Monday.
“It lasted between two and three minutes during what was seen by witnesses as light rain,” he said when contacted.
He said the “snowing” phenomenon was not the first time as their records showed that it had occurred in 1975 and 1993.
“There might have been more incidents but it was not recorded as it could have happened during hours when no one was on the summit area,” he added.
In the latest incident, Justinus said the general temperature on the summit area was between 6.9 degrees Celsius (2am) and 12 degrees Celsius (10am).
“We had 154 climbers and also guides in the area. Many of them witnessed it and recorded the snow,” he said.
He said guides and climbers were taken by surprise when they felt snow coming down on the mountain.
“It was a sudden and surprising experience for many of them on the mountain,” Justinus said, adding that they initially thought it was sleet which had occurred previously.
So, what do you think? Does it look like a beautiful paradise, or the first sign of the apocalypse? Jeng jeng jeng…