South Africans should prepare themselves for a cool and wet start to the week as rain is expected across the country. According to the South African Weather Service, cold weather – including snow, strong winds, large swells and heavy rain – will hit large parts of the country over the next two days.
Yesterday snowfalls and cold temperatures were reported in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. The South African Weather Service says the rainy conditions are expected to last until Wednesday.
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Forecaster, Vanisha Phakula says more snowfall is also expected over the high-lying areas of KwaZulu-Natal.
Phakula says: “We are expecting rain over the central interior on Monday and Tuesday. In fact in most of the country we are expecting rain from Monday at least up until Wednesday. Most of the rain is concentrated over the Eastern Cape, Free State, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KZN with possible snowfall over the high lying areas of the eastern KZN, Free State and Western Cape.”
KwaZulu-Natal weather and traffic authorities have had their hands full as snow fell in parts of the province.
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The South African Weather Service issued an alert, warning residents to brace themselves for snow, strong winds and persistent rain. However, this has not deterred some snow enthusiasts from going in search of it.
The latest snow fall in KwaZulu-Natal had social media sites abuzz with excitement.
Motorists have been strongly advised to delay trips to stay off the road as sleet and mist caused poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions
In spite of the pleas from traffic authorities for people to avoid areas of snowfall, excited snow enthusiasts simply could not resist the urge. The Snow Report, a community based group of snow enthusiasts from across South Africa, spent the weekend tracking snow in the Midlands area. Founder, Rob Ansell reported that heavy congestion caused traffic to pile up at the Nottingham Road off ramp for kilometers.
According to a post on the Snow report Facebook Page this is what we are expecting for the remainder of today’s snowfall into this evening. More snow over Lesotho, Sani Pass and surround with heavy snowfall expected from now into the evening over the Northern Drakensberg and Afriski Maluti mountains area as well as the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, Rhodes and between Molteno and Dordrecht. We could also see some more snow over certain areas of the Eastern Cape of the mountain tops of certain parts of the W Cape and N Cape, including Sutherland.
Motorists have been strongly advised to delay trips to stay off the road as sleet and mist caused poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions. Commercial Manager of the N3 Toll Concession, Con Roux is advising motorists who cannot avoid travelling into snow affected areas, to be as prepared as possible. ”If there are babies in the car make sure you have all the necessities for the baby. If you are dependent on medicine have additional medication because of the possibility of roads being closed and even a worse case scenario of people becoming snowed in and having to possibly sit out a protracted closure.”