Rare Snow Shocks Johannesburg, South Africa

By , Meteorologist
August 10, 2012; 5:07 AM ET
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"Beautiful, unexpected snow! Senderwood, Johannesburg. First time since 27 June 2007!" tweeted @viviennekeytel.

Mobile phones and cameras were out on Tuesday as a rare snow fell in South Africa.

Pretoria, South Africa's capital, and Johannesburg were among the cities whitened by snow.

While snow is not observed every winter in the city of Johannesburg, it does occur every five years or so, AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler said.

"There was a stronger-than-usual storm that went farther north than normal. The storm brought colder air from the antarctic region," Mohler added. "Snow falling in Johannesburg is like getting snow in northern Mexico."

Johannesburg sits at an elevation of approximately 5,500 feet at a latitude of about 26 degrees south.

Read more international weather news in AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews' blog.

Rare Snow Whitens South Africa

Storified by Accu Weather · Wed, Aug 08 2012 05:05:18

Snow at WITS UNIVERSITY, Johannesburg #SnowInJozi http://pic.twitter.com/97S3H1rsA J Singh ••••••
Pretoria, South Africa's capital, sees first snowflakes since 1968: http://wapo.st/Nzg0zHCapital Weather Gang
Today is great day at Johannesburg in south africa after 15 ayer snow is back so people the enjoying snow http://pic.twitter.com/iqw40LDachauhan sachin
Snow in Johannesburg 2012.08.08 :-) http://twitpic.com/ags3gnGerrit Engelbrecht
Today's snow in Johannesburg, #SouthAfrica landing on the palm trees. http://pic.twitter.com/tGVqeSvHMarina Grin
Rare snow in johannesburg http://pic.twitter.com/DVLn5HHJNarisha
Today was such a magical day! Proper snow is Johannesburg for the first time in my life ^_^ http://yfrog.com/kh1qcghjSavanah Jade Brueton

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