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Johannesburg wakes up to first snow in over 20 years

South Africa
June 27, 2007

Johannesburg residents woke up to a winter wonderland for the first time in over 20 years Wednesday as snowfall blanketed vast tracts of South Africa.
Semi-tropical gardens in affluent areas of the City of Gold were topped with a powdery dusting of white crystals as residents reminisced about the last time they could make a snowball sometime in the early 1980s.
Heavier snowfall was reported in more southerly parts of the country. Several mountain passes in Eastern Cape province were declared impassable as snow continued to fall and roads in the hilly Midlands area of KwaZulu-Natal province were also closed, cutting off at least one town.

The last time it snowed in Johannesburg was on September 10, 1981. On top of the snow this week, a highly unseasonal and thunderous hailstorm had lashed the area on Tuesday night.
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