IN PICTURES | Snow blankets Cape as cold front descends on parts of SA

02 July 2018 - 09:05 By Kgaugelo Masweneng

The South African Weather Service has warned of expected disruptive snowfalls in places over the high ground and mountainous areas of southern Namakwa of the Northern Cape‚ as well as the West Coast District and Cape Winelands of the Western Cape on Monday.

An intense cold front is moving over the Western Cape and southern Northern Cape‚ spreading into the Eastern Cape. The forecast is for cloudy‚ windy and cold to very cold conditions with isolated showers and rain in places‚ but partly cloudy in the extreme east.

Locals took advantage of the snow, driving about 10 km outside Ceres, on way to Matroosberg to play.
Locals took advantage of the snow, driving about 10 km outside Ceres, on way to Matroosberg to play.
Image: Andre Jurgens
Traffic officers are on site to ensure motorists are safe on the snowy roads.
Traffic officers are on site to ensure motorists are safe on the snowy roads.
Image: Andre Jurgens

“The public and small stock farmers are advised that very cold conditions with snowfalls as well as wet and windy conditions are expected which will spread to areas over southern Free State and north-western KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow‚” said Madimetsa Thema‚ SA Weather forecaster.

Children play in the snow about 10 km outside Ceres, on the way to Matroosberg.
Children play in the snow about 10 km outside Ceres, on the way to Matroosberg.
Image: Andre Jurgens

A blanket of white is already covering the area around the Matroosburg reserve near Ceres‚ after overnight snowfall created a winter wonderland.

According to Imilda Ontong‚ Ceres Tourism marketing manager‚ the town is receiving high volumes of visits for the snow sighting.

“We usually get this kind of crowd when we have snow; it is mostly people from around the province. So far we have not heard of any casualties or road assistance requests‚” Ontong said.

Posted by Matroosberg Reserve on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Lots of snow even before Matroosberg. Come and enjoy it while it lasts. 4x4’s, we will not be able to tackle this trail today, but let’s see what tomorrow brings...

Posted by Matroosberg Reserve on Sunday, July 1, 2018

“It has been raining constantly since Saturday afternoon and it is still raining. The mountains‚ I saw this morning‚ were covered in snow. [There’s a] very thick layer at the top. The mountains are now covered in clouds‚ I could not take photos‚” said Lise Wheeler‚ secretary at Theewater Sports Club in Villiersdorp.

Wheeler said it was freezing‚ but “locals are very excited about the rainfall. The drought affected us badly‚ but now with the recent rainfalls we have many visitors to see for themselves how the dam is filling.”

Snowfalls are also expected over the high-ground areas of the Eastern Cape‚ including the mountains between Willowmore and Joubertina‚ the Sneeuberg‚ Winterberg and Southern Drakensberg.

Our new snow reporter in the Western Cape experiences the most impressive falling snow he's been in while in South...

Posted by Snow Report SA on Sunday, July 1, 2018

There are reports of rescues at Theronsberg pass‚ which links Ceres with Karoopoort.

On my way to rescue people in snow.please share theronsberg dangerous.please already trucks stuck.between Ceres and touwsriver.pls share

Posted by Andries Douglas on Sunday, 1 July 2018

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