The models are still showing a severe cold front from this Sunday into the early hours of Tuesday morning that will very likely bring a blanket of snow across many parts of the country as it makes its way from west to east.
This Sunday, 1 July, a cold front will arrive on the shores of the Western Cape. By Sunday evening, we should see some snow fall over the peaks of the majority of Cape mountains. We may see more than 15 cm on some ranges including those of Hottentots Holland, Cederberg, Matroosberg and the Boland mountain range. At the same time Northern Cape areas such as Sutherland, Calvinia and Fraserberg are expected to receive snow, reaching up as far as Springbok by Monday morning.
As the cold front moves inland, the Eastern Cape should receive its fair share of snow, with the heaviest falls being predicted for the Lady Grey and Barkly East areas and surrounds.These falls are less than predicted yesterday, but a good dusting is still expected at this stage. Hogsback could also receive a fair amount of snow on Monday according to the latest forecast.
By Monday afternoon the cold front may dissipate somewhat as it reaches into Lesotho. As the front moves up the coast, we are seeing a southerly movement which has impacted negatively on the snow in Lesotho and KZN, but we will update again if the situation changes.
Extremely cold temperatures are expected right across the country with this front, and the SAWS have issued warnings in this regard. Farmers should take note of the warnings and take the necessary precautions, especially with regards to live stock. Keep warm and stay safe SnowReporters!