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27 July 2011

Snowfall ends

A youth runs through the snow in Intabazwe Township near Harrismith, after the eastern Free State was gripped by cold weather. Image by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

The snowfall which caused major road closures across the country is over and skies will start clearing soon, a forecaster said on Wednesday.

"The snowfall ended last night [Tuesday]," said SA Weather Service forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.

Mofokeng said some rainfall could be expected on the KwaZulu-Natal coast between Durban and Kosi Bay on Wednesday morning, but skies would start clearing from noon onwards.

"It is going to remain clear in most of the country."

The Lesotho area would remain cold but no more snow was forecast.

A weaker cold front was expected to hit the country on Wednesday night.

"During the day tomorrow [Thursday], that cold front would be felt in the Western Cape and southern parts of the Northern Cape, but the cold front is not that strong," said Mofokeng.

However, people should still prepare for a cold weekend countrywide.

On Tuesday, heavy snow fell in Lesotho, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg area, the southern Free State, the Mpumalanga highveld and the Eastern Cape highground.

The N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg remained closed on Wednesday morning, with travellers not being able to go further than the Free State town of Harrismith, the halfway mark between the two cities.

- The Times Live