Parts of South Africa and Lesotho are covered with snow up to 20 centimeters deep

Parts of South Africa and Lesotho are covered with snow up to 20 centimeters deep
Parts of South Africa and Lesotho are covered with snow up to 20 centimeters deep
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Over the weekend, parts of South Africa and Lesotho turned into a winter wonderland with snow covering the ground. On the one hand, the locals will at least see the snow, but on the other, the residents and local services and communications were not ready for such surprises.

The South African Weather Service issued a warning ahead of the weekend that snowfall could be "devastating" in parts of the country.

In some areas, such as the Afriska mountain resort in Lesotho, more snow fell than expected, resulting in road closures and power outages.

According to Peter Peiper, the resort's managing director, they expected 5-10 cm of snow, but instead received over 20 cm of snow.

“Strong winds Saturday night also caused snowdrifts on the roads. The diamond mine, 40 km away, sent a bulldozer to clear the road, allowing guests to safely leave the resort by 2:00 pm on Sunday,” he said.

Although the guests enjoyed heavy snowfall and the conditions were excellent for skiing, this caused some problems for the resort's management, Peiper said.

“On Sunday, we lost electricity for about four hours due to ice on power lines,” he told News24.

The snowfalls are caused by a combination of lowland cutoff systems and the South Atlantic high pressure system, according to South African Meteorological Service forecaster Kgolo Mahlangu.

Some of the lowest maximum temperatures have been recorded at Elliot (2 degrees), Scheilburn (2 degrees) and Giants Castle (4 degrees), Mahlangu said.

"Over the next seven days, we anticipate a series of cold fronts that will sweep across coastal areas starting Tuesday. We can expect frontal showers and rains on the Western and Eastern Cape coastlines and their adjacent hinterlands, which will spread to KwaZulu-Natal." she said.

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