Snow blankets Graaff-reinet’s surrounds
GRAAFF-REINET — A cold front made landfall last weekend, forcing temperatures to plummet to as low as -5°C in Graaff-reinet.
It resulted in a dusting of snow across the district on Sunday, July 16, with snow even falling in the streets of the towns of Murraysburg and Nieubethesda.
To the delight of many, snow was even sighted at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park – a rarity.
This is the first time in several years that the district experienced snowfalls to this extent and many people took to social media, sharing videos and photos of snowfalls.
According to Snow Report SA no new snowfall is however expected for a while.
“We are not foreseeing any snow for the best part of this week,” read their latest report.
Temperatures returned to normal on Tuesday, with maximum temperatures of 23°C and 24°C recorded for Graaffreinet on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
The cold front also brought a bout of rain with it to Graaff-reinet on Sunday morning, with 5mm being recorded on Magazine Hill by the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality and 10mm recorded in Somerset Street by resident Greg Kappers.
A snow-covered Lootsberg between Graaff-reinet and Middelburg photographed by Gideon van der Mescht. The homestead visible on the photo is Tweefontein Guesthouse.
Dr Ben van Tonder, die NG Grootkerk se leraar, geniet die sneeu saam met sy eggenote Sanet. Dit was die eerste keer dat die egpaar sneeu ervaar het. Hulle was onderweg na Graaff-reinet terug van Pretoria toe die pragtige weerverskynsel hul op die Lootsbergpas verras het.
An icy scene captured on Lootsberg Pass by Graaff-reinetter Amelia Marx.
Lihan van Jaarsveld (2) enjoying the snow which still covered Nardousberg on Monday afternoon, July 17.
A snow covered rest stop on Lootsberg Pass photographed by Elsie Gouws on Sunday afternoon, July 16.
Snow at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park near Graaff-reinet photographed by Buks Marais.
This photo of a icy-looking landscape was taken on the N9 to Middelburg just in front of the Lootsberg Pass on Sunday, July 16 by Marijke Beukes of Graaff-reinet.