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Flake news: Two provinces will get a HUGE amount of snow this week

It’s been a while since we’ve had a forecast like this. But, according to models provided by weather specialists Ventusky, two of South Africa’s nine provinces could record over 20cm of settled snow in some regions.

SNOW FORECAST FOR SOUTH AFRICA: EASTERN CAPE, KZN SET FOR A BLIZZARD-LIKE BARRAGE

The predictions, though susceptible to change, are in keeping with the media alert issued by the SA Weather Service (SAWS) earlier this week. The experts confirmed that snow is likely to make landfall on Friday evening, in both the Eastern Cape and KZN, before the flurries intensify and move further eastwards on Saturday.

The latest weather map shows us how a number of rural areas within the Eastern Cape and KZN are on course for piles of the white stuff. Towns like Mthatha, Kokstad, and even Pietermaritzburg will also be affected.

  • Easterly parts of Free State are also set to see snow, but nothing like the 20cm+ forecast given out for EC and KZN.
Cumulative snow forecast for Friday 27 August and Saturday 28 August, for the Eastern Cape and KZN

SAWS WARNING FOR WEEKEND WEATHER

This latest cold front didn’t come to play, as SAWS is keen to remind millions of South Africans:

“An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough, currently developing over the western Atlantic Ocean, will affect the western parts of the country on Thursday and Friday, spreading to the southern and central parts on Saturday. Rainy and very cold conditions with snow are to be expected over the next few days.”

“From Friday, snowfall is expected… over the high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape and the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal will also be affected during Saturday. Significant lowering of local atmospheric freezing levels is anticipated over the aforementioned areas, allowing for disruptive snowfall in some places.”

 

Snow expected to make landfall in South Africa TOMORROW

After the first few reports about a possible snow flurry hitting South Africa broke last week, the latest forecast and weather models are still predicting that the white stuff will arrive in the country before the weekend. On Friday evening, the majority of the flakes are set to fall – with both the Eastern Cape and KZN on track for a dusting.

SNOW FORECAST FOR SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2021

It’s looking less likely that the extreme weather will reach Free State. Although the thermometers will be plummeting in rural parts of the province, the snow seems to be retreating from its borders. Lesotho, as one would imagine, is set to receive the lion’s share of the snowfall – with AfriSki and Sani Pass bracing for something more like a blizzard.

WHERE WILL THE FLAKES FALL ON FRIDAY?

In KZN, locations such as Highmoor, Champagne Caste, and the peaks of the Drakensberg Mountain Range will encounter brief flurries. In the Eastern Cape, residents of Tiffindell, Maclear, and possibly Rhodes will wake up to a light covering of snow on Saturday morning. No other locations or provinces in SA will experience snowfall this weekend.

The first snow of the year has already fallen in Lesotho – along the Sani Pass – on 28 March 2021. One resident in the area said “everything is definitely getting cooler, the light here has completely changed as well”. It seems winter has arrived in earnest, and with Lesotho’s borders now reopened, AfriSki has warned travellers about the upcoming storm.

“NEWS UPDATE: Please note that possible heavy snowfall is predicted to start falling from tomorrow evening, 29 April, at Afriski, which is likely to affect road conditions.”

 

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