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Sani Pass And Afriski In Lesotho Blanketed In Snow

Sani Pass And Afriski In Lesotho Blanketed In Snow… Local storm watchers, Snow Report shared photos of Sani Mountain Escape covered in a thick blanket of snow on Saturday.

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Sani Pass And Afriski In Lesotho Blanketed In Snow
Sani Pass And Afriski In Lesotho Blanketed In Snow—-

Most parts of South Africa woke up shivering on Saturday morning as the country is in the grips of a cold snap.

The South African Weather Service issued several disruptive snow reports for some parts of the country on Saturday morning.

It also warned of very cold and wet conditions, with light snowfalls on the mountains in several parts of South Africa, which could result in isolated loss of vulnerable livestock. SAWS also warned motorists to be cautious of slippery conditions due to icy roads on mountain passes.

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Wet and cold conditions and light snow can be expected in these areas on Saturday 21 May:

  • Graaff-Reinet
  • Sakhisizwe/Elliott
  • Elundini/Nqanqarhu/Maclear
  • Emalahleni / Lady Frere

On Friday, the SAWS issued Disruptive snowfall warnings for big parts of the country including:  

  • Umzimvubu / Mount Ayliff
  • Matatiele
  • Sakhisizwe/Elliott
  • Elundini/Nqanqarhu/Maclear
  • Senqu/Barkly East

On Saturday morning, local storm watchers, Snow Report shared photos of Sani Mountain Escape covered in a think blanket of snow.

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It said more snow was expected on Saturday and Sunday and that conditions on Sani Pass will likely make it impossible for vehicles to drive there.

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Snowfall was also reported in Lesotho at the top of Mafika Lisiu Pass on the A25 as well as Letseng mine in Lesotho and at Afriski Mountain Lodge and Resort.

See all the snow photos below:

Snow Afriski 21 May 2022

 

Snow Sani Mountain Escape 21 May 2022

 

Snow Mafika Lisiu Pass 21 May 2022
Snow at the top of Mafika Lisiu Pass on the A25 in Lesotho / Picture: Snow Report SA
Snow at the top of Sani Pass 21 May 2022
Snow at the top of Sani Pass / Picture Snow Report SA
Snow Sani Mountain Escape 21 May 2022
Sani Mountain Escape at the top of Sani Pass / Picture Snow Report SA
Afriski Lesotho
The BMW GS Trophy team at AfriSki in Lesotho. Picture Snow Report SA
Letseng mine in Lesotho
Letseng mine in Lesotho / Picture: Snow Report SA
Snow Afriski 21 May 2022
The BMW GS Trophy team at AfriSki in Lesotho. Picture Snow Report SA

While the snow certainly creates a magical winter wonderland, South Africans heard on Saturday that load shedding has been upgraded from stage 2 to stage 4 from 1pm on Saturday afternoon until 10pm on Saturday evening.

Embattled power utility Eskom said that electricity demand is higher than anticipated and that some units have tripped.

South Africans can also expect stage 4 load shedding from 8am to 10pm on Sunday night.

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