After a major winter storm hit parts of the US this week, residents of Minnesota have noticed something unusual about the fresh snowfall.
Rather than blanketing the state in bright white powder, the snow was marbled with patches of brown and orange.
But what is causing the so called "dirty snow"?
Chris O'Brien, a meteorologist at the US National Weather Service, told Time magazine that the discoloration is caused by dust particles carried on strong winds all the way from Texas.
"[The wind] picked up a lot of dust and got it entrained into the circulation of this storm system and pulled it all the way up into Minnesota where it fell with the precipitation," he said.
Satellite images show large plumes of dust drifting northwards from the US-Mexico border.
It's time to cue up "Dust in the Wind"🎵 Strong winds lofted dust into the air over New Mexico and Texas yesterday. The longest arrow in this #GOESEast loop points to White Sands National Monument, which was one of the dust sources. More imagery: https://t.co/DmFcq9LqF6 pic.twitter.com/S4hNKJ6Gfb— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) April 11, 2019
While dust mixing with snow has happened before, Mr O'Brien says it's unusual for it to travel such distances.
"We get the discoloured snow sometimes, but usually it's from dust that's closer to here, not … from all the way close to the Mexican border," he said.
Some on social media christened the off-white snow "snirt" - a portmanteau of snow and dirt.
No need to adjust your screens, that is a mix of red and white snow with the red snow being thanks to the dust from Texas right here in Maple Grove, MN! #txwx #mnwx @NWSTwinCities @NWSAmarillo pic.twitter.com/PCRfvUaEe2— John Wetter (@johnwetter) April 11, 2019
Dust from Texas making the snow in Minnesota all dirty and sandy looking. Strong winds. Weather is amazing. pic.twitter.com/Ifwqh0weZQ— Jennifer Everly (@winkliedewtoo) April 11, 2019