SNOW PICS: South Africans make the most of the freezing cold

2017-07-17 11:34 - Ishani Chetty
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The weekend of the 15 - 17 July saw an extreme cold front over South Africa but that did not stop locals from enjoying the snow as it fell throughout South Africa.

On Monday, the coldest place in SA will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape with the mercury dropping to -9°C, as five provinces will see towns experiencing sub-zero temperatures, including Bloemfontein slipping to -5 °C.

Motorists should be extra cautious, as possible traffic disruptions can be expected due to the snowfalls, with access to certain mountain passes to be affected in the Western and Eastern Cape.  

However, many braved the cold to get out in the snow and experience a winter wonderland in South Africa - frollicking and  building snowmen were a must.

Locals take to the snow

The snow even took the Cape by 'storm' literally as it hit Table Mountain over the weekend - with the cold temperatures holding fast on Monday, 17 July. 

Surtherland is literally under a blanket of snow as snowfall continues - it has been labelled a winter wonderland in South Africa. 

Latest weather update: SA freezing as six provinces hit -3°C and lower

The SA Weather Service has issued a watch for disruptive snowfalls are expected over the Southern Drakensberg region.

It says Black Frost, A dry freeze without the protective formation of hoarfrost that results in the internal freezing and death of vegetation, is also expected over the Free State and Northern Cape and south-western parts of the North West Province.

"The Western Cape and Northern Cape should brace for very cold maximum temperatures, <10°C in places, with a general decrease in temperatures expected across the rest of the country."

"Snowfalls are expected over the high lying areas of the province with disruptive snowfalls expected over the Sneeuberg and Winterberg. Passes such as the Lootsberg Pass and Penhoek Pass could be affected."

The public should take care in this regard. 

Freezing temperatures continue 


Ceres was the place for snow fun this weekend - Photo: Alfred Thorpe, Vuurtoring.

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SEE: 11 of the best spots to see snow in SA

Many locals flocked to spots where they could enjoy the snow - Matroosberg was a highlight spot to frolic over the weekend. 

Stunning images were captured of this natural beauty:

These rather surreal images have us forgetting the chill and wanting to head out and play.

The high levels of snow made it hard for some to cycle through the snow but it did not stop individuals from getting out and about. 

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The thought of playing around in the snow and chucking snowballs brought out the inner-child. Locals are very excited about this weather phenomena and are driving the distance to see the snow. It is an event for the whole family as children jolt through the snow and snowball fights erupt. 

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