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Photos: Snow hits EC, as KZN Midlands awaits first snowfall of 2017

News24 logo News24 2017-06-23 Kavitha Pillay | Traveller

© Provided by Cape Town - South Africans should brace for a cold weekend, and with the chilly weather comes snow!

This is much to the delight of many South Africans who are willing to make the most of the weekend with road-trips to see, touch and frolick in flurries.

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The cold front that set in from the Western Cape on Thursday 22 June invades the central interior of the country on Friday 23 June, and will be felt in the north-eastern parts by Saturday 24 June.

Snow Report SA headed out to the KZN Midlands on Friday in the hopes of spotting the first snowfall in the region for 2017.

"Not that we are expecting much snow [on Friday] morning, but it would be the first snow in the Midlands this year if it does happen," says Snow Report SA.

A new development with the cold front from the west brings a slight chance of some light falls in the KZN Midlands during Friday morning. "These KZN falls are unlikely to settle much if they do happen, and will be very light," says Snow Report.

Snow was also spotted on Ugie mountains in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning. © Couthar Jacobs‎ / Snow Report SA Snow was also spotted on Ugie mountains in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning. "This is the KZN Midlands this morning. Misty and about 5°C. A little too warm for snow at the moment. We will hang around a few hours to see if we get some flurries later," says the Snow Report mobile crew. (Photo: Snow Report SA)

Snow in EC

Snow report says that the cold front from the Western Cape that moved east made snow possible over the Eastern Cape high ground, "with a slightly heavier (up to 10cm) fall possible over the high ground around Hogsback".

The first snow report for Friday was sent by Ettienne Groenewald at Mountain Shadows, near Elliot in the Eastern Cape. Check it out:

Mountain Shadows (near Elliot in the EC). © Ettienne Groenewald via Reenval in SA Mountain Shadows (near Elliot in the EC).

Snow was also spotted on Ugie mountains in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning.

© (Photo: Couthar Jacobs‎ / Snow Report SA)

Susan Smit Leibbrandt who took this image says "Verrrryyyy light dusting on Ugie mountain. Ice cold wind!"

  © (Photo: Susan Smit Leibbrandt/ Snow Report SA)

Elliot in the Eastern Cape © Emily Fernandez via Snow Report SA Elliot in the Eastern Cape

Cold front in central interior

Gauteng Weather‏ sent out an alert that the weakening cold front is set to push cold air into Gauteng from Saturday. While the system is not expected to reach the province, "the effects will be felt".

The South African Weather Service also alerts that on Friday, high seas with wave heights 6m to 9m is expected between Cape Point and Durban, as well as gale force south-westerly winds of 65km/h are expected along the coast between East London and Maputo.

In pictures: Extreme weather in the Western Cape (Provided by MSN) 

Severe storms on June 07, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. This is after a strong cold front hit the Cape Peninsula, after the South African Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for flash floods and strong gale force winds. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Esa Alexander) #CapeStorm: Extreme weather conditions in the Western Cape

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