Snow, extreme cold weather gripping Western Cape

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Snow has fallen on Table Mountain. Extremely cold weather is being experienced over most parts of the Western Cape.

Managing Director of Table Mountain Cableway, Wahida Parker, says it is almost exactly a year ago that it last snowed on the mountain.

“During the course of the night, we obviously had some snow falling on top of the mountain. Unfortunately, with the sun coming out and rain subsequent to that a lot of it has washed away already. It was sufficient for our staff to put together a couple of little snowmen. Anybody that would love to see the remnants of the snow, they’re more than welcome to visit.”

Localised flooding

Localised flooding was reported overnight in some low-lying areas of Cape Town.

Forecaster Lauren Smith says warmer weather can be expected on Sunday.

“Temperatures in the lower teens, around 12 and 10 in places. The rest of the day, partly cloudy to sunny conditions with isolated showers over the city of Cape Town moving through. Into tomorrow, nice and sunny conditions, a little bit of a warming up in front of the next cold front which is fairly weaker than the one we just had and it’s going to brush past on Monday afternoon.”

Beach closures in eThekwini 

Meanwhile, eThekwini municipality says all beaches will be closed due to the inclement weather in the province.

The Weather Services reported that there will be a drop in temperature and high wind in the province this weekend with snow expected on the Drakensberg.

Municipality Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says: “The City has taken a decision to close all beaches. This is because of the inclement weather that is expected this weekend.”

“Our Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, has since mobilised our law enforcement personnel to ensure that everyone complies with this notice. This notice is not aimed at frustrating the public but to ensure that everyone is safe. We are going to review this decision depending on the weather conditions,” says Mayisela.