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Snow Forecast: 6-7 August 2018

A cold front is due to make landfall in the Western Cape around lunch time today. The first light snowfalls are expected over the high peaks in the Hex River Mountains (incl Matroosberg) either late tonight or during the early hours of Tuesday morning and should spread further north into the Cederberg (WC) and the Sutherland area of the Northern Cape before sunrise on Tuesday. We could also see some light snow on the mountains around Wellington, Paarl, Franschhoek, Boland Mounatins and the Langeberg Mounatins. By sunrise on Tuesday, we could see some light flurries in the Beaufort West area, possible stretching a bit further north, over the border into the southern parts of the Northern Cape around Fraserburg. At the same time as the front moves east, some light falls are also possible over the Swartberge and the Outeniquas.

As the front moves into the Eastern Cape around midday on Tuesday, some patchy flurries are possible. It is extremely difficult to predict the exact loactions at the moment, but we currently see the Graaff-Reinet area, the Sneeuberg outside Graaff-Reinet and the Amatole Mountains (near Hogsback) as possible areas for light snowfalls.

In terms of snow depths, we are looking at between 5cm and 15cm across the peaks and mountain ranges in the Western Cape, and with the freezing level dropping down to 1500 meters across the Western Cape, some lower level snow is possible down to elevations around 1300 meters, although not much is expected at these lower elevations.

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