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A resident of Rhodes, a village in the Eastern Cape highlands bordering Lesotho, walks with her dog in the snow on Thursday. Picture: Russell Grinker
A resident of Rhodes, a village in the Eastern Cape highlands bordering Lesotho, walks with her dog in the snow on Thursday. Picture: Russell Grinker


Some central parts of South Africa are turning into winter wonderlands after snow fell overnight on Wednesday during a series of cold fronts sweeping through the country.

The SA Weather Service cautioned of “a very cold day ahead” on Thursday as it issued a warning of snow and cold weather in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. It said the cold weather is expected to last well into the coming weekend.

The service predicted snowfall in high-lying areas and mountain ranges of the western parts of the Eastern Cape, including the Tsitsikamma, Kouga, Sneeuberg, Drakensberg and Winterberg mountains. Several roads in the province were closed, including the N6, N9 and the R56, and motorists were advised to consider alternatives routes.

On Monday, the weather service also said that the Free State would experience snow on Thursday, and it warned farmers and the public “to take the necessary precautions ahead of the expected cold snap and ensure that livestock and pets have sufficient shelter and water”.

A house in the picturesque village of Rhodes near Lesotho in the Eastern Cape was dusted with snow overnight on Wednesday. Picture: Russell Grinker
A lamb seeks shelter with its mother in a farmer's field in Rhodes village, Eastern Cape, on Thursday. Photo: Russell Grinker
Rhodes village in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Russell Grinker
A swirl of snow obscures the surroundings in Rhodes village on Thursday morning. Picture: Fiona Adam
The Rhodes Hotel was blanketed in snow on Wednesday night. Picture: Russell Grinker
A thrush forages for food in the snow in Rhodes village on Thursday morning. Picture: Russell Grinker

The Gauteng Weather account shared a message that the province would experience one of the coldest days since 2011 and that the “Antarctic pulse” will bring “sub-polar air” to the region.


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