An unusual spring snowfall blanketed the Klein Karoo region of South Africa, bringing unusual scenes of elephants and giraffes on game farms trudging through a blanket of white powder.
— Kitty Viljoen (@KittyViljoen) September 11, 2018
The snowfall hit the mountains of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces late last week. Though snow is not unheard of in the depths of the southern hemisphere winter (June-July), it is unusual after the start of spring, which South Africa observes on September 1.
The UK Guardian reported:
Snowfall across parts of South Africa late last week prompted the department of transport to close roads across the Eastern Cape due to slippery conditions.
The snow also hit the Western Cape, where temperatures dropped below zero across parts of Cederberg, the Hex River Mountains and the Matroosberg Reserve.
A weather forecast for the weekend, produced by Snow Report South Africa, shows snowfalls in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape, as well as in the state of Kwazulu-Natal, with some areas receiving more than 25cm of snow across three days.
South Africans circulated dramatic photographs of the snow on social media:
— Pretty Messy Mellon – Blog (@Mel_delaCroix) September 8, 2018
— Roger Chetty (@RogerChetty) September 9, 2018
What an amazing video from near Oudtshoorn with giraffes in front of the Swartberg mountain range. pic.twitter.com/SXXPHguDUe
— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) September 9, 2018
Johan Krugel : Snow on my Father’s farm Ringfontein between Graaff-reinet and Murraysburg. #snow#springsnow#explore#welovesnow pic.twitter.com/HzY5HvtUwq
— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) September 8, 2018
Winter is still around. Uniondale, Western Cape, South Africa, Friday the 07 of September 2018…. #southafrica #photosafari #tourism #extremefrontiers #adventure #holiday #vacation #safari #tourist #travel #snow #winter pic.twitter.com/G83CyW7lah
— Extreme Frontiers (@XtremeFrontiers) September 8, 2018
The snowfall came as media in the United States blamed “global warming” for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Florence in the mid-Atlantic.
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