Brrr – icy temperatures, snow for SA

KZN could get snowfall by Monday.

An icy cold front was expected to slam into Cape Town this weekend and then work its way upcountry – with a likelihood of heavy snowfall on all the big mountains of the Western Cape.

Snow is expected in the Eastern Cape and parts of KZN but only a mild dusting in parts of the Midlands, if at all.

On its Facebook page Snow Report SA predicts that a major cold front‚ on July 1‚ is “likely to bring a blanket of snow” across the country.

The SA Weather Service has also issued a warning.

“The public and small stock farmers are advised of possible localised flooding‚ windy conditions and disruptive snowfall over the western and southern parts of South Africa‚ with very cold temperatures expected across most parts of the country from Sunday into Monday‚” the service said in a statement.

“By midday on Monday, we should see some light falls extending into the Eastern Cape, but the forecast has changed substantially for this region, and now only light dustings (<5cm) seems possible. The Barkly East and Lady Grey areas are likely to see the heaviest falls during Monday afternoon,” Snow Report SA said in a report on its Facebook page.

“The snow in KZN and the Drakensberg is virtually non-existent now, with some possible flurries in the KZN Midlands (between Impendle and Underberg) with not much, if any, settle being possible. These flurries are due to happen during Monday night. Any snow in Lesotho will be confined to the interior and south west areas, and once again, we are not expecting anything over 5cm in these areas.”

The cold front is expected to bring icy temperatures to the Western Cape, parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and over the eastern parts of the North West, northern and eastern parts of Free State.

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