SNOW can be seen on the Southern Drakensberg mountains near Sani Pass. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad/African News Agency(ANA)
SNOW can be seen on the Southern Drakensberg mountains near Sani Pass. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad/African News Agency(ANA)

Winter’s last hurrah as snow falls over Drakensberg

By Karen Singh Time of article published Aug 16, 2021

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DURBAN - WINTER put on its last hurrah at the weekend with snow falling on the Drakensberg mountains.

Thandiwe Gumede, a weather forecaster at the SA Weather Service said the cold front that crossed over KwaZulu-Natal on Friday coupled with an upper-air system, called a cut-off low, brought about cloudy and very cold conditions, particularly over the western parts of KZN as well as the Midlands.

Gumede said snow started falling early on Friday and continued throughout the rest of the day into Saturday morning.

“Snow was confined along the Drakensberg region starting from the Southern Drakensberg, with some light snow on the Northern Drakensberg mountains.”

She added that due to weather clearing in the Southern Drakensberg yesterday, snow could be seen in those parts using satellite imagery. However, over the Northern Drakensberg it was still quite cloudy and the weather service could not tell how much snow had fallen over that region, she said.

Gumede said the upper-air system had started weakening as it moved eastwards.

However, she said areas in the northern parts of the province should still expect some rain, mostly on the north coast, this morning.

Gumede said temperatures should start improving today but another cold

front was expected later in the week.

KZN Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department spokesperson Senzo Mzila said teams were still on alert but no major incidents had been reported.

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