Yes, you read it right, Snow Report SA has released an advanced report forecasting snow for this week. An unusual occurrence for this time of the year, especially since most of the country is celebrating hot summer conditions.
In the report released today, Snow Report SA said we are expecting the first snow to fall late on Tuesday night over the high ranges in the eastern parts of the Western Cape, and in the Sneeuberge of the Eastern Cape.
It further stated: “By early Wednesday afternoon we should see substantial snow falls over the Eastern Cape Drakensberg and surrounds, and by Wednesday evening, snowfalls in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas should extend to include some of the lower lying towns. At the same time, snowfalls will commence throughout most of Lesotho, and into some high lying areas around Kokstad and Matatielle, with light falls possible to come down into KZN around Underberg and Himeville, and possibly even towards Bulwer by Thursday morning. There is a chance that some light falls could extend in the Clarens area of the Free State during the early hours of Thursday morning. The Harrismith/van Reenen area might also get some snow, but this is just a possibility at this stage.
By Thursday evening, most snowfalls should cease as the moisture is pushed out to sea. The peak of Ben Macdui in the Eastern Cape, is expected to get about 40cm of snow, starting Wednesday morning, and finishing Thursday night. Thabana Ntlenyana in the East of Lesotho is forecast to get nearly 1m of snow on the peak. At the top of Sani Pass, nearly 50cm is possible, with most snow expected to fall during Wednesday night. Lots of rain and wind is also expected with this weather system, which could become intense at times.
As always, this is an advanced forecast, and is subject to change, especially at this time of year. We will keep you updated.”