PICS: Cold snap brings snow to western parts of SA

Cape Town - The cold snap is in full force from Wednesday, 16 August, bringing snow to parts of SA - and as usual, locals are loving it.

So far, snow has been reported to have fallen in Sutherland in the Northern Cape and Worcester in the Western Cape, with falls expected to make its way across the mountainous parts of the country until Friday.

Snow Report SA says that by Wednesday morning, light snow should have fallen across all the high peaks in the Western Cape and by midday, light falls will possibly extend into the Eastern Cape. By Wednesday evening, Snow Report SA says that the falls should extend from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape Drakensberg.

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On Wednesday night, "snowfalls will intensify in the Eastern Cape" says Snow Report SA, adding that snow will move into Lesotho, south-western parts of KZN and into the KZN Drakensberg.

SA Weather Service advises that cold, rainy weather is expected for the southern parts of the country on Wednesday, with snow on the mountains.

The closure of the majority of mountain passes in the region as well as associated disruption of traffic flow is expected.

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Check out snowfall captured in the western parts of SA so far:

Snowfall in the week ahead

"By Thursday [17 August] morning, substantial falls are possible in the KZN Drakensberg, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the Amatole region in the Eastern Cape and in Lesotho, with some snowfalls expected to come down into the foothills of the Drakensberg and snow also quite likely for the KZN Midlands," says Snow Report SA.

The SA Weather Service also confirmed, cold showery conditions are expected to start moving in overnight on Wednesday, as a result of a cold front passing over the region.

Garth Sampson of the SA Weather Service says, "This will be followed by a ridging high pressure system which will feed in showery conditions.  

'Heavy falls are possible in Lesotho'

Snow is expected over high lying areas of the Eastern Cape, with possible disruptive snowfall over passes north of the escarpment from early afternoon onwards. This will include the Lootsberg and Wapadsberg passes. The snow will spread to the Eastern Cape Drakensberg  by the evening, with disruptive snowfall expected over the passes to the north of Queenstown as well as passes leading into the Drakensberg."

On Thursday evening, 17 August Snow Report SA predicts that "snowfalls will continue in Lesotho, south-western KZN, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg and the KZN Drakensberg with some light flurries in the central regions of the Eastern Cape".

Snow Report SA warns that "heavy falls are possible in Lesotho, the KZN Drakensberg and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg" on Thursday evening.

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"There is a slight possibility that some light snow could also fall in the Free State during Thursday, somewhere between Clarens and Harrismith, but this is subject to change as the system progresses."

Cannon Rocks downpour

Sampson warns, "The rainfall rate along the coast and adjacent interior east of Cannon Rocks, will intensify, with heavy rain (more than 50mm in 24hours) being expected, as a result of an intensifying cut off low. This is expected to cause localized flooding along the coast as far west as Plettenberg Bay.

Snowfalls will continue over the north-western regions until mid-day and continue over the Drakensberg all day long on Thursday.  

On Friday, 18 August the showery conditions will move eastwards, with the high pressure system still feeding in moisture in over areas east of East London.

"Showers are expected south of Darlington Dam, extending to the eastern parts of the province (east of Fort Beaufort).  Snow is expected to persist over the Drakensberg during the morning. General clearance can be expected from the west by mid-day, spreading eastwards by evening."

Light flurries are expected over high ground in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, central Eastern Cape and south-western KZN, but Snow Report SA says that by Friday afternoon, "all snowfalls should stop". 

Be a respectful snow adventurer

Snow Report SA advises all those in search of snow to remember to "respect private properties and farmlands when visiting snow areas".

"Do not damage farmers fences. Do not litter. Do not open gates. There are many public areas that are easily accessible, and we urge you to make use of these areas. We all want to enjoy the snow have fun. We don't believe that it is necessary to trespass on private land in order to do this."

"Also, be safe! Do not go into places that your vehicle is not equipped to go. Snow is a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous! Please take the necessary precautions and enjoy the snow in a responsible manner," adds Snow Report SA.

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Also note: SA Weather also advises that heavy rain is expected in places over the south-eastern mountainous regions of Eden District on Wednesday to Thursday morning. See the full weather report here.

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