Snow is expected in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands region during the next two days.
Supplier / Mohamed Salouji
- Snow is expected in the KZN Midlands.
- Cold weather can lead to icy roads and even the loss of endangered livestock.
- A number of rural and urban inland cities will be affected by inclement weather.
The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) has warned of snowfall and extreme cold in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands region.
It is expected to affect the southwestern part of the province, according to the ministry’s spokesperson, Nonala Ndlovu.
“This weather condition could result in icing of roads, leading to traffic disruptions, isolated loss of livestock and endangered crops,” she said.
South Africa’s Met Office said a cold front associated with an “upper basin” would lead to significantly lower daytime temperatures over the province on Thursday and Friday.
“Freezing levels are dropping significantly, which could lead to snowfall over parts of Hari Jwala, western Umgundlovu and Otukela provinces.”
Areas likely to be affected by snowfall include Ladysmith, Underberg, Greater Kokstad, Emppendel Escort, Sobabili, Giants’ Castle and the Moy River.
Ndlovu said all disaster management teams have been activated in Kojta in the relevant municipalities.
“They are ready to respond if needed. Since families will be using fire to keep warm during this freezing weather, we urge extra care when handling fire.”
“We appeal to all residents, especially those living in slums, to prioritize safety. The use of candles, gas and paraffin burners and electrical appliances should be closely monitored at all times and should not be left unattended.”
Ndlovu advised motorists to exercise caution and, if possible, consider avoiding travel altogether as the roads can get slippery.
“For residents who have livestock, it is critical to ensure they are protected or the animals are moved to a safe location.
“We encourage everyone to stay informed about weather updates and take all necessary precautions during this period of snowfall in the Midlands.”