SNOW warning issued for parts of SA for FRIDAY – more info here

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 1 warning for SNOW in parts of South Africa for FRIDAY.

The warning was issued for snowfall in parts of the Eastern Cape from Thursday up until around Friday midday. More warnings were issued for disruptive rain, damaging winds and cold conditions.

MORE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

“A cold front, together with a steep upper-air through, will be passing through the Eastern Cape on Thursday, bringing in moisture and cold weather over the province,

A surface high-pressure will be extending its ridge over the Eastern Cape on Friday, pushing in more moisture and will result in cold, wet conditions over the province. Snowfall over the Southern Drakensberg area can be expected from Thursday night into Friday morning.”

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It warned that snowfall would result in icy and slippery roads. Traffic disruptions and dangerous driving conditions can be expected.

SNOW confirmed in several parts of South Africa Photos: SueHoppe/SnowReport/MatroosbergReserve

“Angora and small stock farmers are advised to shelter small stock . Hikers and outdoor recreational activities will be exposed to these conditions and may contract Hypothermia if precautions are not taken.”

SAWS

OTHER AREAS WILL ALSO GET SNOW – MORE INFO HERE

Meanwhile, VoxWeather said a new layer of SNOW is expected to fall on Wednesday over the mountains of the Western Cape, Karoo and Sutherland, spreading to the Eastern Cape mountains into Thursday.

Significant snow is expected over Lesotho and the southern Drakensberg mainly on Thursday into Friday.

WARNING OF COLD WEATHER FOR REST OF WEEK

THESE AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:

  • Hantam
  • Calvinia
  • Karoo Hoogland
  • Sutherland
  • Beaufort West
  • Witzenberg
  • Ceres
  • Laingsburg
  • Prince Albert
  • Hogsback
  • Underberg
  • Molteno
  • Murraysburg
  • Matatiele
  • Tiffendell
  • Lesotho

SNOWFALL CONFIRMED NOW IN SEVERAL PARTS OF SA

Snow was confirmed on Wednesday in several parts of the country due to the significant drop in temperature reaching Gauteng on Sunday.

Are you in the area where snow is expected? We would love to see your photos. Please email your photos to Corne@thesouthafrican.com – remember to include the area and your details.

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HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE PLACES IN SA TO GO HUNT FOR SNOW IN AUGUST:

  • Underberg: Snowfalls in the Underberg can occur anywhere from May through to October. The highest recorded snowfall in the area and, therefore, possibly the best time to go in search of snow is in August. Situated a mere 40kms from Underberg, Sani Pass is a great snow spot to explore, with the first winter snowfall having fallen there in late May this year. Be advised though, that you need a 4 x 4 to drive up the pass.
  • Golden Gate: The winter months in Golden Gate are very cold and temperatures can plummet to between -9 and -15°C. Snow is no stranger to this area.
  • Midlands: Winter in the Natal Midlands is cool and dry, with occasional snow and frost and average temperatures of 6°C. August 2021 saw the KZN Midlands transformed into a white-blanketed wonderland along with other large parts of SA previously untouched by it.



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