Weekend cold front set to see snow on higher peaks of Drakensberg

2016-04-29 09:22


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Pietermaritzburg - With the province gearing up for a cold front this weekend, snow has been predicted for Kokstad and the Drakensberg with the possibility of light snowfall in Mooi River and Underberg.

South African Weather Service King Shaka station forecaster Stacy Colborne said there will be a 60% chance of showers across the province and a cold front with a ridging high pressure behind it transporting cold air northwards over the province.

Although Colborne said yesterday the service could not predict any chances of snow over the weekend, Snow Report member Rob Ansell said they were expecting snow on the higher peaks of the Drakensberg mountains, at Kokstad and at Sani Pass.

“It is also possible that snow will drift down to Underberg and Mooi River but the snowfall will be very light,” he said.

Ansell said the snow was expected to fall at “around lunchtime on Saturday”.

Sani Pass Mountain Lodge owner and manager Brian Maher said the lodge expected around 10 cm of snow to fall on Saturday.

“We expect snow to fall at around 4 am on Saturday, again at lunchtime and in the evening,” he said.

A Pietermaritzburg PhD student, who would not be named, said current forecast models indicated “low freezing levels” with a good chance of seeing snow on the higher peaks of the Drakensberg.

“Current models suggest snowfall to begin in the early hours of Saturday over the northern Drakensberg, and by Saturday evening to occur along the entire KZN Drakensberg/Lesotho border,” said the student.

“High-lying areas of southern KZN and the northern Eastern Cape are also forecast to experience snowfall from Saturday afternoon into the early hours of Sunday.”

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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