There have not been too many changes on our forecast map, but there are a few, so here is our updated map and forecast to cover the next 3 days. We normally do a timeline based forecast, but today, we are going to do a regional forecast.
PLEASE NOTE : We are using a different scale on this map forecast due to the heavier snow expected in some areas. Blue = 1 – 10cm, Orange = 10 – 25cm, Purple = 25 – 50cm.
Western Cape : Today, we are seeing light snowfalls possible across all the high peaks from West to East. Some heavier falls are expected over the Swartberg and Outeniquas where overnight snow has already fallen, and could continue through to the early hours of Saturday morning.
Northern Cape : By lunchtime today, we expect light snow to fall on the southern high ground in the Northern Cape. Areas like Sutherland, Fraserburg and Loxton are all in the zone, and this afternoon, that zone could extent further north up towards Calvinia. The Richmond and Victoria West area could also get some falls during the night tonight and during the early hours of tomorrow morning, and some heavier falls are possible in this area.
Eastern Cape : We are not expecting much snow in the Eastern Cape today, but tomorrow is a different story altogether! Starting late tonight, and continuing into tomorrow morning, we are expecting quite heavy falls of snow on the Sneeuberge between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg, with some lighter snowfalls at lower elevations. This snow band could very well stretch south towards Cradock and Somerset East areas. By lunch time, we expect the snow in these areas to tail off as the front moves east, which means that snow now becomes likely in the Hogsback area from around mid-morning on Saturday. By Saturday evening, we should still be seeing some light falls in the Hogsback area, but the Eastern Cape Drakensberg should now be experiencing the heavier falls, which are expected to continue here right through until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Kwa-Zulu Natal : Some light snowfalls are possible in the Kokstad/Matatiele area of KZN late on Saturday and could continue through to Sunday morning. Snow in this area is expected to be light and will be primarily confined to the high ground. Saturday night into Sunday morning will see the front move further east, bringing snow into the KZN Drakensberg, and possibly some light snow in the Drakensberg Gardens Road area with heavier snow possible up Sani Pass and all the high peaks of the KZN Drakensberg. There might also be couple of flurries in the Midlands, but at this stage, we are not expecting much settle. Snowfalls are expected to cease shortly after sunrise on Sunday.
Lesotho : Light snow should start in the south initially in the Ongeluks Nek and Qachas Nek area during Saturday evening, and by the early hours of Sunday morning, we expect the snow to stretch further inland towards Nohana and Semonkong. At the same time, we are expecting snow along the whole eastern side of Lesotho with heavier falls possible at the top of Sani Pass and further up on Black Mountain Pass. These falls should stretch up right up to AfriSki in the north east of the country. By sunrise on Sunday, most of Lesotho (excluding the north and north west areas) are expected to have experienced some snow, with the heavier falls expected in the east. Some light falls might continue in the east until about midday, at which point all snowfalls are expected to stop.
We will be posting regular updates, photos and videos over the next few days, so please keep us informed if you see any snow out there. Please keep warm, and be safe out there if you are travelling.
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