PICS: Winter is here - first snowfall of the season hits the Eastern Cape

2017-05-12 14:41 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Winter has arrived in South Africa, with an icy blanket at Tiffindell Ski Resort showing the first view of snow in the Eastern Cape.

Snow Report SA’s Facebook page is starting to flood with pictures, questions and comments from South Africans about the first signs of snowfall in the country for 2017.

The South African Weather Service issued an alert, on Thursday 11 May, that disruptive snowfalls are expected over the mountainous areas of the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape on Friday into Saturday 13 May.

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Snow Report SA says snowfall is expected in the Eastern Cape and will "be confined to the Eastern Cape Drakensberg at this stage, with the exception of Hogsback, which could still get a light dusting on Friday".

First snow photo of today is from Afriski Mountain Resort in the Lesotho Maluti Mountains. (Photo: Snow Report SA)

According to Snow Report SA, Friday morning saw the first snow falls over the EC Drakensberg, extending into Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg by lunch time, and is likely to continue into Monday morning.

"Some heavy falls can be expected on the top of the Drakensberg," warns Snow Report SA. "There's a possibility of snow depths up to 100cm over some areas of the Drakensberg."

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The falls are expected to continue into the evening and through the night on Friday, and could start appearing on the foothills and in towns close to the KZN Drakensberg, such as Underberg. "Snowfalls in the KZN Midlands are looking unlikely at this stage although we are seeing light flurries possible in Matatiele, Kokstad and surrounds, with nothing likely to settle," says Snow Report SA.

No snow is expected in the Western Cape.

Snow falling at Tiffindell (Photo: Snow Report SA).

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