Minle county in Gansu province was swallowed up by the yellow fog in just a matter of minutes on Sunday. The shocking sandstorm created a wall of sand almost 100metres high, according to the China Meteorological Administration in a Weibo post.
The terrifying video shows the so-called sand wall rolling in over the region, sending sand and dust hurling through the area at around 17 metres per second.
These type of storms in the region are not uncommon at this time of year as soil and sand are blown in from the Gobi desert.
Visibility was reduced to as little as 10 metres in some areas, according to BBC Weather.
The incident, which happened at around 4pm local time on Sunday, resulted in the fire department triggering their emergency response place.
Local police also patrolled motorways amid the treacherous driving conditions, state broadcaster CCTV has said.
Footage also shows police carrying out the two-way patrols wearing high visibility clothing and directing traffic as a result of the reduced visibility.
City authorities also advised residents to “take precautions” as the dry weather conditions increase the risk of fires.
A sandstorm is also forecast to hit Beijing from the northwest, according to official news agency Xinhua.
Heavy fog also hit many parts of east and north China on Monday and forced motorways to shut down.
East China’s Shandong Province faced the worst of the fog, triggering the Shandong provincial meteorological bureau to upgrade alert levels to the second highest.
The Beijing traffic control department reported that eight motorways were closed in Beijing as a result of the poor disability.
The National Meteorological Center also said the thick fog will continue into Monday in the areas of Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Hebei, and Sichuan.