Brace for more cold weather

2011-07-25 13:48

Extremely cold weather conditions were expected to continue across much of the country until at least Wednesday, WeatherSA said as snow blocked some roads in the Eastern Cape.

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said the cut-off low pressure weather system that was moving through the country, heading east, would make Gauteng and Limpopo “rather cold” tomorrow.

“There was light snowfall over high lying Western Cape areas this morning, as well as over the interior of the Eastern Cape and Lesotho,” he said.

“This afternoon conditions will worsen and we are still expecting snowfall over the Eastern Cape tonight.”

Light showers were also expected tonight.

From Wednesday temperatures would rise and in Gauteng things should be back to normal by Thursday.

Unusually, the snowfall was also expected to reach the areas of Piet Retief and Standerton, Mofokeng said.

Earlier, the SABC reported that the N6 road at the Penhoek Pass between Queenstown and Jamestown and the Nico Malan Pass between Seymour and Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape had been closed.

Snow also resulted in slippery conditions on the R56 between Mount Fletcher and Matatiele in the north of the province.

Several accidents have been reported due to snow fall on the R61 between Queenstown and Cofimvaba.

Cathcart and Dordrecht residents also reported heavy snowfalls since last night.

The actor and writer Stephen Fry, who is in South Africa for filming, tweeted: “Off to first day’s filming. Last night’s insane gales seem to have died down. I thought Table Mountain itself might be blown down.”

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