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As days lengthen, the cold strengthen

With the winter solstice behind us and the days getting longer, it does not mean that the days are getting any warmer, as we received various reports of heavy snowfall across the Western Cape, with temperatures plummeting.

Several roads in the Western Cape had to be closed due to heavy snowfall and heavy rains across the province.

On Monday 2 July 2018 traffic officials were forced to close the Matroosberg Pass after heavy snowfalls overnight. The Theronsberg Pass and Gydo Pass near Ceres also had to be closed while officials are monitoring the situation in the Hexriver Pass on the N1 between Touwsriver and De Doorns where a thick layer of snow has covered the road. The Lootsberg Pass between Graaff Reinet and Middleburg is also closed for traffic.

The Koo Valley between Montagu and Touwsriver has been transformed into a white winter wonderland while the Hemel And Aarde Valley near Hermanus is covered in a thick layer of snow.

Heavy rain in Cape Town caused extensive flooding in low lying areas while strong winds uproot a number of trees. The strong winds and heavy rains forced officials to close the Table Mountain cable way for safety reasons. Chapman's Peak Drive was also closed for traffic as the heavy rain caused rock falls and mud slides.

It is expected that the rain will have a positive impact on dams in and around the Western Cape, especially the Theewaterskloof dam, currently on approximately 35% of capacity.


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