Cold front brings snow to Johannesburg

August 15, 2011SOUTH AFRICA – Light snow fell over Johannesburg on Monday afternoon during as another cold front baffled people across the country. The snowfall excited local residents as they updated their status on Facebook and Twitter. “Incredible weather in Joburg, snow, rain, sleet, hail… keep the pictures coming where you are,” Radio 702’s Aki Anastasiou tweeted. A Facebook status read: “It is snowing here in Ormonde! Our whole office is playing outside.” South African Weather Services forecaster Jan Vermeulen said that he had not received any reports about the snow as yet. He said the icy conditions over most parts of South Africa were caused by cut-off low over the Northern Cape. Snowfall was also expected in the western high ground of KwaZulu-Natal, the southern escarpment of Mpumalanga and in the north-eastern part of the Free State. “The snow falls could vary from about four to five centimetres,” he said. About 10cm of snow and 25mm of rain was expected in Volksrust, Mpumalanga. “We don’t expect snowfall tomorrow [Tuesday], it should be cleared by then,” he said. The N3 highway, and all alternate routes at Van Reenen’s Pass between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal were re-opened after snowfall had caused the roads to close early on Monday. “We have re-opened, but the roads are still wet,” N3 Toll Concession company spokeswoman Andy Visser said. “We are asking all motorists to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.” Icy rain began falling in the area, during the early hours of the morning and had later turned to snow. Visser said snow continued to fall at midday, with breaks of icy rain. Emergency services, police, military and car towing services helped to move all the cars and trucks that were stuck at the path. –Times Live
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10 Responses to Cold front brings snow to Johannesburg

  1. Chondra says:

    Is this unusual for Africa? (I didn’t think Africa ever got cold–lol). Is this their Fall/Winter season?

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  2. brett says:

    also snow falling in Auckland New Zealand and coldest day on record.

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  3. Luca says:

    I also heard about snow in Auckland NZ for the first time in 80 years. Incredible!

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  4. its climate change at its best, it normally doesn’t snow in South Africa especially in Johannesburg, though it does snow by the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

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  5. Brian says:

    Guys Some facts about South African weather, Me being a local pilot also a member of Storm Chasers SA & SAWIDS ( South African Weather Information & Disaster Services…
    I live 30 miles ESE of Johannesburg.

    Yesteday we experienced sleet, hail and rain in Joburg ~ not snow…
    The headline news pic above is of : van Reenens pass in the Drakesburg !
    Our mid winter temps here drop just below Zero degrees Cesius with heavy frost…
    We even experience light snow every few years up on the highveld at 5340 ft ASL
    The Drakensburg and Eastern Cape experience snow most every year & we even have ski resorts.

    Have pix of snow in Springs from three years ago < Alvin i could post them if you like ?

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  6. Brian says:

    Alvin do me a favor < just been cruising the tube and net < there is a story out that planet Mercury
    has gone missing since the 8th when Elenin crossed its trajectory < Can you check & confirm with your sources ~ you can mail me direct if you like…
    Sorry Boet im still looking over my shoulder… ive seen things in my life you wont believe
    two UFO's with witnesses and reported to your authorities in the states also detailed faces in clouds
    have pictures can share…

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  7. Me myself says:

    Its snowing in De-Deur (vereeniging side)…………. WOW! Its beautifulllll. Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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