Several specialist weather outlets reported earlier this week that the first bit of snow will make landfall this week, while blizzards could persist into the weekend. According to SAWX:
“A significant amount of snowfall, even disruptive in parts, looks very likely from Thursday night or the early hours of Friday morning for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and even in Lesotho.”
The team stated that snowall “is also possible for the high-grounds on the border of the Free State and Mpumalanga”.
COLD FRONT AND SNOW IN SOUTH AFRICA
An intense cold front is making its way toward South Africa. The first snowfall has now been recorded over the mountains in the small town of Greyton near Caledon in the Theewaterskloof Municipality in the Western Cape.
“Bitterly cold, wet and windy weather expected over parts of South Africa over the next few days. Gale force winds, heavy rain, snow, and very cold conditions will be imminent from 9 July 2020 as two cold fronts make landfall”.SAWS
In addition, Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho reported a light dusting of snow as well. The resort asked travellers “not to attempt to travel to the resort this weekend” as they are expecting severe weather conditions.
Resort management warns that the expected snowfall will make traveling up the pass extremely dangerous. The photo below was taken by Martin Schultz and submitted to Storm Report SA.
SNOWFALL EXPECTED IN CAPE PROVINCES
In addition, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warns of disruptive snowfall in parts of the Cape provinces from Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, light to moderate snowfalls of 5 to 15cm of accumulation is expected on the high lying areas of Dr Beyers Naude local municipality, as well as Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi and Alfred Nzo district municipalities.
“Disruptive snowfalls are expected over the western and southern high ground of the Northern Cape tonight into Saturday”.
The Storm Report SA team confirmed that they are “heading up the mountain in the Barkly Pass area in the Eastern Cape”.
“We will be setting up camp shortly to wait for the snow to arrive!”