Beautiful snow falls in KZN, but temperatures to warm up from today

2014-07-09 00:00

THE last sightings of snowfall in KwaZulu-Natal are expected to have passed, as forecasters say temperatures in the province will start rising from today.

Snow expected this past weekend made a delayed appearance when sighted in northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal from Monday.

Earlier this week, chilly weather, brought on by a cold front, caused temperatures to drop to minus figures, resulting in snowfall in Fort Nottingham, Impendle, Mooi River and Rosetta.

Yesterday, snow was also sighted in Cathedral Peak, Champagne Valley, Bushman’s Nek, Swartberg and Dragons Peak.

Julie Walker from the Cathedral Peak Hotel said she was surprised when she saw snow for the first time this year.

“It’s been cold but lovely. We thought the snow would fall on Sunday and had given up hope. It was beautiful to see the snow on the mountain in the morning. It really highlighted the mountain’s best elements,” she said.

Colleague Kuben Padayachee said he saw snow for the first time in his life and was ecstatic to experience it. “I woke up and there on the mountains, was the snow. It was a wonderful sight to see.”

According to Robb Ansell from, the snow had already started melting by midday yesterday.

“Most of the snow was confined to Drakensberg last night, even on the lower elevations. However, no more snow is expected in KwaZulu-Natal soon,” he said.

Forecaster Dipuo Tawara from the South African Weather Service said the chilly weather that had been experienced by eastern parts of KZN had been a result of cold front passing.

“Durban and Pietermaritzburg will warm up by Wednesday [today] after the cold mass leaves. Tomorrow is expected to reach a high of 20°C in Durban and Pietermaritzburg will reach a maximum of 17°C,” she said.

Snow also fell in other parts of the country on Sunday. Western Cape had seen very heavy snow fall, as well as the Northern Cape.

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