Some snow has fallen overnight (15-16 April) on the Mafadi-Lithotobolong range…and possibly in the Kotisephola / Thabana Ntlenyana area as well as Leqooa range. The afternoon may bring a clearer view of the snow extent but it appears as if this snowfall may have been restricted to only a few high summits above 3300m.
Yesterdays snow forecast from snow-forecast.com remains valid this morning! The only change is that snow falls mights start a little later than expected, and may on start after dark on Tuesday evening in the Sani Pass region, spreading slowly northwards through the evening towards and into the central and northern Drakensberg. As mentioned yesterday, the Lesotho side of the mountains will see most of the falls, but some will fall on the KZN side. We will update in the morning again. Falls are expected to be light.
The latest forecast from snow-forcast.com suggests that snow may fall on the KZN Drakensberg, starting late afternoon on Tuesday in the Sani Pass area, and continuing through to the early hours of Wednesday morning. At the same time, the ‘snow-zone’ will extend into the Northern Drakensberg. Falls are likely to be light, with the heaviest falls being about 5cm. The Lesotho side of the mountains will see most of the falls, but some will fall on the KZN side. We will update in the morning again.
The first snow of the season has brought us all the Winter fun sooner than expected! Snowfall on the Matroosberg near Ceres, in the Western Cape had everyone sharing the good news about the early snowfall. With Over 71 000 people viewing just one image of Snow on the Matroosberg mountains last week, as the image went viral and was shared again and again across Facebook. So glad our Snow Reporters are as excited as we are about Winter 2014. Keep the snow coming!
Yesterdays snowfall on the Matroosberg near Ceres, in the Western Cape, has signaled the start of winter. It is very early in the season for the first snowfall, but it is a sign that we could be in for a long and cold winter, with the potential for some good snowfalls this season. But we must not be too hasty and pack away all our summer clothes. Looking at the charts for the next few weeks, there is still some hot weather coming, and we could see temps in the Western Cape rise into the low 30′s again in the next week or so. But, be prepared, winter is coming, and the cold could strike us earlier than last year. We are not going to speculate why this may be. Some people have suggested global warming and climate change. Bearing in mind that over the last 20 years, South Africa has had snow at one place or another during all 12 months of the year, we are unsure whether or not climate change and global warming has anything to do with it, and our feeling is that winter has simply arrived early!
We are following the snow very closely again this year, and will be posting regular updates on snow falls throughout Southern Africa on our website throughout the season. Remember that Snow Report SA is predominately community driven, and as such, we rely on our community reporting sightings of snow throughout the country. In this way, we are able to deliver the news that snow has fallen, or is falling, to our community of followers within a matter of minutes of the sighting. So, if you see snow, please just drop us a mail to email@example.com or post to our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/snowreportsa), and let us know.
Welcome to winter, and may it be a good one!
You might think that it is April fools, but it is not! It has indeed snowed on the Matroosberg in the Western Cape earlier today. See the pic below, courtesy of Matroosberg Private Game Reserve.
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The 13th March saw some frosty patches in the morning. Frost was reported from the following areas, telling us that winter is just around the corner. Cedarville (near Matatiele), Afriski in Lesotho, Barkley East, Underberg, Grahamstown. This is just a short list that we collected from our facebook users, but it was certainly very early in the season to see frost over such a widespread area of the country. We are hoping that this is a pre-cursor to a nice wintery season with lots of snow for us all to play in!