Snow, floods, or record-breaking heatwaves – the weather is just getting weirder in this country. On Tuesday, a surprise hailstorm managed to catch residents of Randfontein off-guard, as the wild conditions created a rather wintery scene in this part of Gauteng.
Just after midday, the white stuff barraged the East Rand, blanketing busy commuter routes and suburban settings with a layer of ice and slush. The hailstorm was so powerful, droplets formed a white covering, looking something more like a blizzard.
Driving proved to be difficult for those negotiating their way through the icy blasts, and as seen in this footage here, conditions became hazardous for commuters who were travelling through Randfontein at the time.
Driving in randfontein now , pic.twitter.com/AZPmlp93Kr
— Patrick Sindane (@sindane3) May 17, 2022
Dozens of pictures have been uploaded online, showing the extend of this hailstorm. Cars have had their windows covered, grass fields have been turned white, and residential properties now look even more homely with white dustings on their roofs…
📌 Randfontein hail storm. pic.twitter.com/Yqhuq0Hotz
— Chief Erican, MBA (@EricanSA) May 17, 2022
Situation in Randfontein right now pic.twitter.com/YTcqfEJDi2
— SerameSaWinter ❄️❄️ (@Serame22) May 17, 2022
— Chantelle Idle (@I_Chanty) May 17, 2022
It was rumoured earlier in the week that Johannesburg and parts of Gauteng would receive snowfall within the next few days, but these whispers have been comprehensively rejected by the experts at Snow Report SA.
There is, however, a good chance that flakes will fall in several provinces across the country as we head into the weekend, with areas bordering Lesotho likely to receive a good dusting.