Free State gets some early snowfalls

2015-06-17 13:21
Light snowfall over Clarens Mountain. (Snow Report SA, Facebook)

Light snowfall over Clarens Mountain. (Snow Report SA, Facebook)

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Bloemfontein - Light snow has fallen over the eastern Free State, residents have told News24.

“The world around us isn’t white with snow, but some snowflakes have fallen,” says Magdel Scholz, a Bethlehem antique dealer.

“But this is nothing compared to the Free State snow I have seen in the past. We have had snow that is hip deep in previous years - it had cut us off from the outside world for four days.”

She told News24 that this was a somewhat unusual time of year for snow in that part of the country.

"In recent years, we had some snow in September, not so much in June.”

But Scholz added that she wouldn't be surprised if the light snow was just an announcement of more to come.

“I have noticed that the snow usually falls when the temperature is 10°C and the sun is out. A lot like the weather is now.”

She mentioned that the sky was a lot darker over the neighbouring town of Clarens and said she would not be surprised if they had more snow there.

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Some snowfall

Fran Zaaiman, who works for Clarens Destinations, told News24 that the locals were no strangers to snow. She said that they had snowflakes falling on Wednesday morning, but it could not be described as heavy snow.

“We had a lot of snow here two years ago. This isn’t much. But it is incredibly cold. There was definitely a lot of snow over the mountains in Lesotho.”

The Weather Bureau in Pretoria said that they have had no reports of snow falling.

“We don’t expect snow over the Free State in the next few days. Or for the rest of the country, except for the north Eastern parts of the Eastern Cape. But if I look at the satellite pictures, I can see that it has snowed over the mountains in Lesotho, which is not unusual for this time of year,” forecaster Elizabeth Webster said.

There had also been reports of snow between Smithfield and Redderburg, but these could not be confirmed.

“We did not have any snow. As a matter of fact, we have rarely had any snow the last five years,” Smithfield resident John Ahlefeldt said.

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