Snow blan­kets Graaff-rei­net’s sur­rounds

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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.

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