Cold front turns SA into snowy paradise

Posted by Imogen Searra on 12 July 2020

South African Weather Service (SAWS) has stated that snowfall is expected across high lying areas in the Western and Northern Cape on Monday [July 13] through to Tuesday [July 14].

Additionally, SAWS has issued a severe weather warning for the Western Cape as a cold front is expected to make landfall on Monday.

‘A strong cold front will make landfall early Monday morning (13 July 2020) in the Western Cape. Large waves, gale force to strong gale force winds (65-100km/h) are expected with flooding possible in the SW Cape. The marine and coastal communities should take extreme precaution,’ wrote SAWS.

This is the second cold front expected in less than a week.

‘Another intense cold front is expected to affect the Western and Northern Cape from late Sunday into Monday. The public and small stock farmers are advised that gale to strong gale force winds, flooding, very cold conditions and very rough seas can be expected,’ said SAWS.

As a result of snowfall from the first cold front, parts of the country were painted white. Take a look at the snowy scenes from this weekend below:

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Image credit: Tiaan Van Zyl

Stunning scenes at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Image credit: Tiaan Van Zyl

Sunshine and snow at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Image credit: Tiaan Van Zyl

 

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Up up and away we go! #4×4 #snow #snowrun #mountain

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The heart of Winter . . . . #hikingsouthafrica #drakensberg #drakensberghikes @witsieshoek_mountain_lodge

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ek chill harder as n klip⛄❄ @anevdmerwe

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Despertar así. 🌈 #landscape

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#sutherlandsnow at its best… ❄️ 🔥 🍷 😊 …xx

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Geen woorde om dit te beskryf nie.

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😂Team girls win #gopro #goprolife #snowday #snowinsouthafrica #snow2020 #barkleyeast #snowballfight #dadanddaughter

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Lesotho was also blanketed in snow over the weekend. Snow started falling in the early hours of Saturday morning [July 11] at Semonkong Lodge and continued well into the day as a cold front made landfall.

Afriski Mountain Resort also received plenty snow this weekend. The wind picked up on Friday [July 10]. The team at Afriski woke up to a blizzard on Saturday [July 11].

‘The wind is gale force and the wind chill is currently -15 degrees Celsius, with it expected to drop to -25. For this reason, the resort has advised guests to postpone their stay to next weekend as the extreme winds and cold will cause the roads to ice over, making it extremely dangerous to drive up Moteng Pass,’ said Afriski in a statement.

Lesotho has also received bountiful snow and is expecting below freezing weather this week. On Tuesday [July 14] Lesotho will begin its day with a minimum of -7°C, according to weather.com.

Semonkong Lodge, Lesotho

Let is snow, let it snow. Image credit: Semonkong Lodge, Lesotho

Snowy scenes. Image credit: Semonkong Lodge, Lesotho

Winter wonderland. Image credit: Semonkong Lodge, Lesotho

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