- A Lesotho mountain range has been completely covered in the most beautiful white snow
- Roads have been closed across the resort and guests have been warned not to travel
- The African winter scene is a picture of what's to come this winter season as extremely cold temperatures are expected across Southern Africa
Afriski Resort in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho turned into a winter wonderland this past week. The holiday destination is well-known for its scenic winter landscapes but the heavy snowfall sure has stirred some amazement, even exciting resort regulars.
In a post on their Instagram page, that shows the area covered in snow, the resort wrote:
“Roads are closed to 2×4 vehicles at the moment. Please check with us before travelling.”
This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland ❄️. Approximately 10cm of snow has already fallen, and it’s still dumping down! ROAD STATUS UPDATE [30 April 06:19]: Roads are CLOSED to 2 x 4 vehicles,”
The areas cold winter temperatures definitely foreshadow the chilly winter most South Africans can expect this year. Starting Friday evening, temperatures across low-lying areas of the Eastern Cape and Drakensberg Mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State will reach -1°C.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) predicts that the first cold spell of the season will make landfall this week, and continue into the weekend.
“First cold spell of the season expected this week into the weekend over southern, central and Eastern South Africa. Widespread showers expected over the Eastern Cape and KZN from tomorrow (29 April) into Friday. Light snowfall possible in the Drakensberg regions of EC and KZN,” they tweeted.
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that this year's winter is expected to be colder than normal in parts of South Africa with Gataung expected to experience lower than average temperatures over the winter.
The SA Weather Service has forecast that Gauteng and some areas of the North West will have a slightly cooler winter this year.
News24 reported that The SA Weather Service predicts that Gauteng will experience temperatures below the average which is between 18°C and 20°C. However, on a positive note, many parts of the country are expected to experience a wetter winter with rainfall expected to above average in parts of the country.
Other parts of the country such as the Western Cape and Nothern Cape might experience lower rainfall this winter.
The Citizen reported this week that the recent cold snap swept across South Africa in which temperatures dropped to single digits in parts of the country. This is perhaps a taste of what might be expected this winter.
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