WATCH: Snow on Table Mountain, more snow disruptions expected across SA

2017-07-16 18:44 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The cold front the SA weather service has been tracking all week delivered snow and rain as forecast and then some.

As a result of the passing cold front, snowfalls were experienced over the mountainous areas of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Sunday, to as low as 1 200 to 1 400m above sea level - which even saw Table Mountain getting a dusting of snow at just on 1 085m. 

More snow fall is expected on Sunday evening, with the possible closure of mountain passes in the Western And Eastern Cape.  

The public should take care in this regard. 

SEE: Monday's weather update: SA freezing as six provinces hit -3°C and lower

'More disruptive snowfalls expected'

"The Western Cape and Northern Cape should brace for very cold maximum temperatures, <10°C in places, with a general decrease in temperatures expected across the rest of the country," says SAWS Chief Forecaster Ezekiel Sebego.

He says traffic disruptions can also be expected due to significant snowfall with possible closure of mountain passes in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

SEE: 11 of the best spots to see snow in SA 

"Snowfalls are expected over the high lying areas of the province with disruptive snowfalls expected over the Sneeuberg and Winterberg. Passes such as the Lootsberg Pass and Penhoek Pass could be affected."

Figure 2: Accumulated snowfall (cm) expected on Sunday 16 July 2017 ©ECMWF

Gale force winds and heavy swells

As the storm moves further along, stronger interior winds can be expected over most parts of the country on Sunday.

Sebego says possible gale force south-westerly wind with speeds of approximately 70 km/h, can be expected between Cape St  Francis and East London in the Easter Cape. 

"Heavy swell in excess of 4 metres can be expected between Cape Columbine and Port Elizabeth from Saturday evening, spreading to East London by Sunday morning and reaching Kosi Bay by Monday afternoon.

"High seas with wave heights from 6 to 9 metres can be expected between Cape Point and

East London from Monday morning. We urge all beach-goers and sailors to please take note of these
conditions.

Added to this, the Eastern Cape can also expect cold to very cold and wet conditions over the Province.

"The wet weather will start clearing from the west on Monday. However, due to the absence of cloud and maximum outgoing radiation, conditions will remain cold to very cold, especially over the high lying areas.

There is a 30% chance over the northern regions, with a 60% chance of rain in the southern regions

"Rainfall over the NMBMM catchment areas will not be more than 10 mm."

Improved conditions by Monday 17 July

By Monday, 17 July, the SA weather service advises that  the cold front will move to the east of the country, with conditions improving significantly across the southern and western parts.

"Isolated morning showers will be possible along the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal on this day, while very cold mornings with frosty conditions are expected across most of the interior. " 

See more snowfall pics across SA this past weekend: 

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