PICS: Winter wonderland in SA with snow from west to east

2017-08-17 09:36 - Kavitha Pillay
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Rhodes village in Eastern Cape on Thursday morning, 17 August. (Photo: Elizma den Heyer/ Storm Report SA).

Cape Town - Snowfall from west to east has created a winter wonderland in South Africa - and never has something so cold brought joy to so many faces.

South Africans from Matroosberg in the Western Cape to Nottingham Road in KwaZulu-Natal, have taken to social media to share their delight in seeing snow on high mountain tops to experiencing flurries in their backyards.

But while it's all joy and excitement with the snowfall, South African Weather Service and Snow Report SA have issued warnings of disruptive snowfall, heavy rain and gale-force wind in eastern parts of SA.

SEE: Weather Update: Disruptive snowfall, heavy rain and gale-force wind in eastern parts of SA

Garth Sampson of the SA Weather Service says that "As the system moves eastwards and intensifies, adverse weather conditions are expected in places".

These are the alerts you need to be aware of:

Snow

South African Weather service warns that on Thursday 17 August, disruptive snowfall is expected over the high lying areas of the eastern half of the Eastern Cape, spreading to the extreme southern Free State along the Lesotho border, and to the southern Drakensberg.

Disruptive snowfall can be expected over passes including the Lootsberg and Wapadsberg passes, the north of Queenstown as well as passes leading into the Drakensberg.

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Snow Report SA says that "substantial falls are possible in the KZN Drakensberg, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the Amatole region in the Eastern Cape and in Lesotho."

"There is a slight possibility that some light snow could also fall in the Free State during Thursday, somewhere between Clarens and Harrismith," adds Snow Report SA.

Sampson says that the accumulation of snow is expected to result in traffic disruptions, especially over the mountain passes, and warns travellers to be cautious as hazardous driving conditions exist due to icy road conditions and/or rock falls.

Snow Report SA's Rob 'The Snow Man' Ansell reports on where to expect snow across the country. Check it out:

Check out the snowfall across the country:

Gale force winds, rough seas

Gale force south-westerly winds of 70km/h are also expected between East London and Maputo on Thursday. In addition to this, SA Weather says that "very rough seas with wave heights 5m to 6m, are expected between East London and Maputo from Thursday late afternoon to Friday".

Heavy rainfall, flooding

Sampson adds that heavy rain is expected to spread on Thursday to the south east, wild coast and adjacent interior. "Excess of 50mm is expected which can result in flooding of river systems and low lying areas."

SA Weather has issued a watch on Thursday, for heavy rainfall that might lead to localised flooding expected in places between Port Elizabeth and Maputo.

Here are the catchment figures in the Eastern Cape measured at 8am on Thursday:

  • Kareedouw - 42 mm
  • Kouga Dam - 14 mm
  • Patensie - 18 mm
  • Uitenhage - 16 mm
  • Joubertina - 10 mm
  • Darlington Dam - 7 mm
 

"The Kareedouw figure of 42 mm looks promising," says Sampson, adding that more showers are expected later on Thursday. See the full weather report here.

Meanwhile Gauteng Weather says that this is the fourth cold front of winter 2017 to make landfall in Gauteng overnight, adding that cold conditions are expected from Thursday into Friday.

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