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Joburg covered by snow as temperature drops

Snow falling in Sasolburg last night - picture by Albie Williams

Snow fell overnight in Sasolburg too

June 27, 2007, 05:30

Many parts of the Witwatersrand are this morning blanketed in a layer of white. Snow has descended on the city leaving icy white crystals layered on everything.

Pretoria residents say temperatures are also hovering around freezing. The weather bureau says the temperature is standing at around minus one. The bad news is that the temperatures will drop even lower tomorrow morning in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, snow has forced the closure of mountain passes on two major roads in the Eastern Cape. The N9 is closed between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg due to snowfalls in Lootsberg Pass. The R61 is closed between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock due to snowfall in the Wapadsberg Pass.

Snow is also been reported overnight on the Van Reenen's Pass on the N3 on the Free State-KwaZulu-Natal border, and there are fears that this route will also be closed.

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