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Cut-off Low Brings Weather Chaos Across Country

As discussed last week, a cut-off low developed over the country on the weekend and with it, has thus far brought fascinating and in some cases chaotic weather conditions with it to many parts of the country.

By Sunday snowfall was already seen across much of the Drakensberg, setting the stage for further more intense snowfall overnight and into Monday the 25th, with the cut-off low developing from the upper trough. By Monday morning images were circulating on social media showing impressive snowfall accumulation across much of the Drakensberg mountain range, several locations were under so much snow that people were trapped at their mountain resorts. Even on Tuesday the 26th there were still areas where people were still snowed in.

Closer to the coast heavy rainfall was experienced across parts of Kwazulu-Natal, but Amazimtoti was particularly hard hit on Monday with significant flash flooding.

It wasn’t just Kwazulu-Natal that felt the wrath of the cut-off low though. Monday also saw a tornado caught on camera in Magaliesburg, Gauteng. It is not uncommon for tornadoes to be reported in Gauteng, Free State or Kwazulu-Natal during weather events such as these, but very rarely are they caught on camera. The video shows the start of the funnel cloud, as it descends and seems to have contact with the surface for a brief few seconds before pulling up again.

The Eastern and Western Cape have also felt the effects of the cut-off low with heavy rains and snowfall in both provinces over the course of the last couple days. Further rainfall and snowfalls were expected today in places.

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