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29 Jul 2011 12:35
Light snow fell over Johannesburg on Friday morning, days after the unusual weather caused chaos in certain parts of the country this week.
South African Weather Services forecaster Karl Loots said the snowfall was caused by a weaker cold front that hit the country on Wednesday night.
Residents shouldn’t get too excited as there would be no more snow expected for the rest of the day, he said.
“It’s very light, and is not enough to stay put on the ground. Nothing more is expected for the day,” he said.
According to reports, snow fell in Auckland Park, Northcliff, Benoni and Boksburg.
Loots said that light snowfall was also expected over the high lying areas in KwaZulu Natal, the Eastern Cape, and Lesotho this weekend.
Very cold conditions were also prevalent across the country on Friday.
It was raining in Bloemfontein, and the cold front—which had already hit Gauteng and the Cape—was also approaching the Lowveld of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, said forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.
“It is cold, to very cold, over much of the country ...
and the cold front will hit Limpopo and Mpumalanga by 2pm,” he said.
It was very cold in the northern interior of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, and Lesotho and the southern Free State.
It was cold in southern Gauteng, from Johannesburg to Vereeniging, and cool in Pretoria.
The weather service defines very cold as anything below 10°C, cold is between 10 and 17°C and cool is between 18 and 25°C.
The rain in Bloemfontein would start subsiding by late Friday morning, while light showers were also expected in the Eastern Cape and southern Free State.
On Saturday, rain was expected in KwaZulu-Natal, and more rain had been forecast for the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.
Light snowfall was expected in the Lesotho area.
On Tuesday, snow fell heavily in the Warden, Harrismith and Van Reenen’s Pass areas, reaching depths in excess of one metre in places.
As a result, many motorists and truck drivers were left stranded along the N3 highway, which was re-opened on Wednesday evening.
The economic cost of road closures caused by snow falls in KwaZulu-Natal was an estimated R400 million, co-operative governance provincial minister Nomusa Dube said on Thursday.—Sapa
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