First snow of the winter season gets a lot of likes

2014-04-24 00:00

THE first snow of the winter season sneaked in and took weather forecasters and the province by surprise yesterday.

A sliver of light snow was visible from Champagne Valley on the very highest peaks around Champagne Castle.

Surprised weather forecaster at the Weather SA Durban office, Stacy Colborne, said no snow had been forecast and she was unable to see any trace of the white stuff on her system.

She confirmed, however, that if snow had been sighted, it was indeed the first of the winter season.

Dianne Goring, whose pictures were posted yesterday on www.snowreport.co.za and on Snow Report SA’s Facebook page, said she had seen the snow from outside the Valley Bakery at Champagne Valley at around 10 am.

An excited Goring, who is on holiday in the Berg from her home in Umtentweni, said the temperature had dropped about 10 degrees from Tuesday.

“The sun was shining and I looked up at the mountains and saw the snow. It’s very high up. Another couple also stopped to take pictures of it.”

Rob Ansell, from Snow Report, said they had received about “seven or eight individual confirmations” of the first snowfall.

“Our Facebook page, Snow report SA, received 400 extra likes yesterday. People like snow. It’s good news.”

He said their page now had over 13 000 likes as people followed them to see when and where it was snowing.

He said a very light dusting of snow had also been spotted near the top of Sani Pass.

Colborne said it would remain cool over KwaZulu-Natal today with temperatures between 20 to 24 degrees. She said no further snow was expected from this weather system.

Pietermaritzburg experienced an unexpected heavy thundershower yesterday morning, sending pedestrians scuttling for cover.

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