Snow expected throughout the day

Snow blanketed parts of Braamfontein on 7 August 2012. Picture: Imke Kruger/iWitness
Snow falls outside the South Gauteng High Court. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.
Snow falls in Rosebank. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.
Snow at the Vaal Plaza on 7 August 2012. Picture: Gerard Stander/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - Parts of Johannesburg were blanketed in snow on Tuesday following the passing of a cold front.  

Snowfall was recorded in the Johannesburg CBD through to parts of Pretoria, the West Rand and the East Rand.

In Vereeniging, residents said they saw some of the heaviest snowfall in the region.

South African Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen said it was definitely snow and residents in Johannesburg could expect more throughout Tuesday. 

“There is a 30-60 percent chance of more snow falling in eastern and central areas.”

In KwaZulu-Natal, heavy snow between Van Reenen’s pass and the Tugela Plaza forced road closures in the area. 

N3 Toll Concession spokesperson Andy Visser said many of the affected roads were now open to traffic. 

“Everything seems to have cleared. All those that were stuck have been assisted.”

Meanwhile, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park said it experienced its heaviest snowfall since 2006, with the flake falling thick and fast. 

Elsewhere in the country, residents also reported cases of heavy snowfalls in KwaZulu-Natal and in most areas in the Western Cape. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)