Pictures: It's Snowvember in the Eastern Cape

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Nov 16, 2017

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Durban - Over 30mm of snow fell on the Eastern Cape highlands last night while snowfalls are continuing throughout Thursday.Amy Vermeulen of Tiffindell Ski Resort said heavy snowfalls fell throughout the evening of November 15. "We had a whopping 30cm and the snow high in the mountains should last until the weekend for those avid snow-seekers wishing to make a snowman or throw some snowballs. 

The road to the resort is currently closed but is expected to be open later Thursday afternoon. "Around Tiffindell, the highest five passes in South Africa are also currently closed," Vermeulen said. 

Snow Report SA said it is expecting heavy falls in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg today, but only medium to light falls on the KZN Drakensberg, with a small possibly of snow settling in towns like Underberg and Himeville, and some flurries in the KZN Midlands which were unlikely to settle. There was little likely hood of snow on Van Reenen's Pass. Snow Report SA said light snow fell in at Clarens, in the Free State. and in Mooi River. 

A light snowfall dusts the Fairways at the Drakensberg Gardens resort in the southern Berg

According to SA Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen, from yesterday to 5am today, Durban South recorded 36mm of rainfall; Mount Edgecombe, 58mm; Pennington, 56mm; Mandeni, 35mm; Greytown, 38mm; Giant’s Castle, 45mm; and Pietermaritzburg, 36mm.

Widespread rainfall can also be expected over much of the southern and eastern parts of the country today, with heavy rain and possible flooding expected in KZN, the Eastern Cape and eastern parts of the Mpumalanga. 

In KZN things look  brighter and warmer on Friday. Temperatures at Durban, Richards Bay Newcastle and Pietermaritzburg tomorrow are all predicted at 20C with partly cloudy conditions. On Saturday it will be sunny at Newcastle and Richards Bay at 25C and 27C respectively. Durban and Pietermaritzburg will still be partly cloudy of 22C and 25C.

- For more information on road closures in the Eastern Cape call  011 781 2620.

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