We have seen a significant weakening of the frontal system over the last 24 hours. It is however still due to make landfall in the Western Cape on Thursday morning, and we are still expecting light snowfalls over the Western Cape peaks during Thursday. Our focus has shifted to the effects that this system is likely to have on the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas, Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg on Saturday morning and through the weekend. By first light on Saturday, we are expecting the first snow to have fallen over the Eastern Cape Drakensberg and is expected to continue here right through Saturday and through Saturday night.
Tiffindell is currently expected to get between 10cm and 20cm of snow with this updated forecast. The South African Weather Service have issued a warning for disruptive snowfalls in this area. By Saturday lunch time, we expect the first snow to fall on the peaks in eastern Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg, with these falls intensifying through Saturday afternoon, through Saturday night and into Sunday. The heaviest fall is expected on Saturday night, with the Sani Pass area looking like it could get quite a significant fall, between 30cm and 40cm. The snow band is expected to entend right up to the Maluti Mountains in the north of Lesotho, with AfriSki also expecting some snow on Saturday into Sunday morning. The freezing level is expected to get down to about 2700m over the Drakensberg on Saturday night, and as such, we are not expecting any low level snow, or any snow in the KZN Midlands at this stage.
We are watching this system very closely, and will update again if we see significant changes in the forecast, so please check back daily.