The South African Weather Service has confirmed predictions that snow may fall in parts of the country thanks to a cold front landing later this week.
Snow Report SA issued a report showing that a weather system is bringing snow to parts the country as soon as Thursday.
The frontal system still seems headed further south of the country. As a result, we are not seeing any snowfalls for the WC, and snow falls in the EC look like they will be confined to the EC Drakensberg and surrounding areas at this stage, with the exception of Hogsback, which could just see a light dusting on Friday, fingers crossed! Friday morning will see the first snow falls over the EC Drakensberg, extending into Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg by lunch time.
These falls will continue into the evening and through the night on Friday, and some falls could start appearing on the foothills and in towns close to the KZN Drakensberg (eg Underberg). Snowfalls in the KZN Midlands are looking unlikely at this stage although we are seeing light flurries possible in Matatiele, Kokstad and surrounds, with nothing likely to settle.
Snowfalls over the EC Drakensberg, the KZN Drakensberg and Lesotho are likely to continue into Sunday evening and Monday morning at this stage, and some heavy falls can be expected on the top of the Drakensberg.
We are seeing the possibility of some snow depths up to 100cm over some areas of the Drakensberg for the duration of this snowfall event. The Drakensberg will get snow right from the EC through to the northern Drakensberg. We will update as we see changes in the forecast.
South African Weather Service senior forecaster Bransby Bulo says that a cold front is appearing in the western parts of the country.
The system will hit south eastern parts on Thursday and move to the Eastern Cape (EC) before drifting out of the country by the weekend, Bulo explains.
It looks like it will bring some snowfall in the northern-eastern parts of Eastern Cape (Southern Drakensberg).
Bransby Bulo, senior forecaster at the SA Weather Service
Bulo predicts that snow will surface in the EC overnight on Friday, into the early hours of Saturday.
The forecast is still likely to change and @SAWeatherServic will bring you the updates.
Source: Snow Report SA