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Johannesburg Gets First Snow Since 1981


The first measureable snowfall in almost 26 years has blanketed Johannesburg, South Africa, closing roads, delaying flights and claiming at least one life.

Weather officials say as many as 10 centimeters of snow fell over the area Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Children were seen playing in area parks, while others were saving snowballs as souvenirs of the fast-melting snow.

The officials say the last recorded snowfall for the area was in September of 1981. Temperatures Wednesday dipped below freezing in several areas.

Aviation officials say flights at Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo) International airport were delayed for up to three hours while planes were de-iced.

Emergency officials say they found a homeless man dead in Johannesburg's city center. They say the man died from exposure.

Several major roads were closed due to the snow, but transportation officials have reported only minor accidents.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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