The South African Weather Services dismissed the snowfall predictions for Gauteng, saying there is NO snow predicted for Gauteng and, more specifically, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
This comes after social media postings and Whatsapp messages doing the rounds with warnings about the “snowfall” predicted for all provinces, especially Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng.
Senior Forecaster Jacqueline Modika said on Sunday that the SAWS received numerous inquiries about social media posts claiming there will be widespread snowfall over all provinces of SA, including Gauteng, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
“We would like to dismiss these claims. However, we would like to acknowledge that we are expecting an intense cold front to reach South Africa by Thursday.
“This is likely to produce snowfalls over the Western Cape high lying areas and as well as the Western and Southern high lying of the Northern Cape. The snowfall is expected to spread to the Eastern Cape high lying areas and the Drakensberg.”
South Africa experienced snowfall for the fourth time in the space of two months over the past week, and people couldn’t wait to get outside and start playing.
Farmers and the public are urged to take care of their pets and livestock outside. Please ensure that they are protected from these severe weather conditions.
Last week the Afriski Mountain Resort transformed into a winter wonderland over the weekend, with 20cm of snow having been recorded in Lesotho. Snow seekers have been treated to dream conditions this year.
Guests have also been left with no choice but to make the most of the extraordinary conditions for the meantime though, as all roads to and from the Afriski resort have been temporarily closed due to the adverse driving conditions.