Winter strikes with a vengeance

2010-06-15 22:45
Cape Town - Winter has struck with a vengeance in the Western Cape with some towns recording their first snow falls in almost 20 years.

Several mountain passes in the Southern Cape and the Eastern Cape had to be closed after heavy snowfalls. 

Tourists expecting sunny skies in Cape Town were greeted by snow on Table Mountain, where the temperature never rose above 1°C. 

It was the heaviest snowfall on the mountain since 2003.

"If I hear 'south' I think 'warm'," said Michail Podlatsjof from Russia. "All I brought with me are shorts and T-shirts."
   
Mountains elsewhere in the Western Cape and high lying areas were covered in snow.

A forecaster at the SA Weather Service, Lynette van Schalkwyk, said in Cape Town it would remain cold in the Western Cape on Wednesday, but no more snow was expected.  She said berg winds were expected to set in on Thursday. 

The higher temperatures made it impossible to forecast if there will still be snow at the weekend for sightseers.    

Very cold

In Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West people might also wake up to "snow" on Wednesday.

But forget about building a snowman. It's not snow but the so-called black frost causing the blanket of white. 

Temperatures will begin improving slightly on Thursday.

In KwaZulu-Natal, people were reminded on Tuesday that winter had well and truly settled in. Light to medium snowfalls were experienced in some regions with very cold temperatures around the province.

Snow fell consistently on Tuesday morning in Kokstad, with light snow on Sani Pass, Nottingham Road and Matatiele.

Freezing temperatures and snow were experienced at Sani Top Chalet on Tuesday said manager Roger Aldous.

“We have had mean temperatures. We are attached to an outdoor weather station and it says it’s -8°C and with the wind chill it says -17°C,” Aldous said on Tuesday afternoon.

Wave heights

A forecaster from the KZN Weather Bureau said that they were not issuing any warnings of very cold weather.

“Temperatures will be cold but not very cold...temperatures are expected to range between 10°C and 20°C,” she said.

The KZN Weather Bureau also predicted very rough seas along the KZN coast line, “with wave heights in excess of 4.5m in the morning”.

Zinhle Mngomezulu, spokesperson for the Road Traffic Inspectorate said that no roads were closed in the province due to snow on Tuesday, but warned that this might change on Wednesday.
 

- News24
Read more on:    cape town  |  weather
NEXT ON NEWS24X

DRC plotters acquitted

2014-11-28 20:40
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Hot festive offers at kalahari.com!

Hurry! Stocks are limited. Don’t miss out. Shop Now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.