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Snow turns parts of SA into winter wonderland

Look at the snow and icy weather turning parts of South Africa into a winter wonderland on Monday. And guess what?

LOOK AT THIS WINTER WONDERLAND

More disruptive SNOW is expected TODAY and tomorrow in these parts of South Africa.

Here is where snow was confirmed on Monday:

  • Sutherland
  • Moteng Pass in Lesotho
  • Carnarvon in the Northern Cape
  • Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality in the Northern Cape
  • Snow on the A1 between Tlaeng Pass and Afriski
  • Matroosberg

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LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS AND VIDEO:

Photos taken this morning in Carnarvon, Northern Cape by Tina de Klerk. Image: Facebook/Cinematic Travel SA/Tina de Klerk
Photos taken this morning in Carnarvon, Northern Cape by Tina de Klerk. Image: Facebook/Cinematic Travel SA/Tina de Klerk
Snow in Sutherland. Image: Facebook/VoxWeather
Snow in Sutherland. Image: Facebook/VoxWeather
Snow in Sutherland. Image: Facebook/VoxWeather
LOOK: It is SNOWING - here are photos
Snow at the Sutherland Observatory Webcam (Karoo) this morning. Image: SnowNews
Snow at the Sutherland Observatory Webcam (Karoo) this morning. Image: SnowNews
LOOK: It is SNOWING - here are photos
Snow in Lesotho. Image: SnowNews

The SA Weather Service (SAWS) issued a high-level six warningfor disruptive snow in several parts of the country until Tuesday.

“The combination of very cold, wet and windy conditions may result in the loss of vulnerable livestock and crops.”

It furthermore said due to the wind chill factor, temperatures may feel colder than the measured values.

It also issued a level two disruptive snow warning for more parts of South Africa.

The following areas will be affected by the warnings.

HERE’S WHERE TO EXPECT SNOW IN THE CAPE PROVINCES

The high-lying areas in the Cape provinces:

  • around Fraserburg,
  • Loxton,
  • Murraysburg,
  • Richmond,
  • Noupoort,
  • Colesberg,
  • Burgersdorp,
  • Aliwal North,
  • Molteno and surroundings.

More than 10cm deep snow is possible on Monday in Lesotho, especially around Afri Ski, and between 5 – 10cm is expected over the southern Drakensberg and towns near Lesotho in the Eastern Cape. Including Barkly East.

HERE’S WHERE TO EXPECT SNOW IN THE FREE STATE

A mixture of snow/ ice rain and sleet is now possible over southern and eastern Free State:

  • Bethlehem,
  • Warden,
  • Heilbron,
  • Reitz,
  • Memel,
  • Reddersburg,
  • Trompsburg and surrounding towns.

HERE IS WHERE SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WESTERN CAPE

In the Western Cape:

  • Matroosberg,
  • Cederberg,
  • Swartberg

HERE’S WHERE EXPECT SNOW IN THE NORTHERN CAPE

In the Northern Cape:

  • Nuweveld and Roggeveld mountain
  • including the town of Sutherland,
  • the Great Karoo

The SAWS advised the public and small stock farmers to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of their animals during very cold, wet, and windy days.

“The weak and frail may also be vulnerable since their bodies won’t be able to retain their heat as easily.”

TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIVESTOCK AND PETS IN THESE CONDITIONS:

  • Please take extra care to provide for your pets and livestock during cold periods.
  • Management of the cow’s environment- move all livestock to a safe area. e.g. warm place’,
  • Providing extra hay/forage/feed to livestock is crucial, as they may require up to double the calories for normal body heat maintenance during extreme cold.
  • Do not shear the Angora goat. Also, take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury.
  • Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily affect animals that are already debilitated or the very young. Cases of cold weather-related sudden death in calves often result when cattle are suffering from undetected infection, particularly pneumonia. Investigate sudden, unexplained livestock deaths and illnesses promptly to identify a cause and take steps to protect remaining animals.
  • Pay special attention to very young and old animals.They may be less able to tolerate temperature extremes and have weaker immune systems.

HERE ARE MORE PHOTOS:

Photos taken this morning in Carnarvon, Northern Cape by Tina de Klerk. Image: Facebook/Cinematic Travel SA/Tina de Klerk
Photos taken this morning in Carnarvon, Northern Cape by Tina de Klerk. Image: Facebook/Cinematic Travel SA/Tina de Klerk

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