Cape Town - Last week was without a doubt the craziest winter week South Africans have seen in 2016 so far. And despite the snow and rain subsiding somewhat over the weekend, more snow has been falling in the high-lying areas in the Drakensberg Mountains again on Monday morning, 1 August.
For later this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, more snow has been forecast. Snow Report SA warned that the Eastern Cape Drakensberg could expect light snow early Monday morning. But what is falling in the areas around Sani Pass and Clarens in the Free State, looks all but light...
At Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho, heavy snowfall has blocked all roads to the resort. Bulldozers are currently working to re-open the road.
Check out the current snowfall:
The heavy snowfall in the Eastern Cape province has also had devastating effects. The bodies of three shepherds, suspected to have succumbed to hypothermia, were found in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality of the province on Monday. The area saw snowfall right throughout last week.
The current snowfall is expected to worsen as the actual cold front is expected to arrive in the Western Cape on Tuesday, 2 August. It will bring snow to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Wednesday.
Snow Report SA says Wednesday's cold front will likely bring snow over the high lying peaks of the Western Cape region with heavier falls expected over the Cederberg. The cold front will continue to sweep inland, causing snowfall over the Outeniqua Mountains and the mountainous regions of the Eastern Cape surrounding Graaff-Reinet.
"Late Wednesday afternoon, 3 August, Saffas can expect snow over the mountainous regions of Hogsback, Molteno, Dordrecht, Barkly East and Rhodes with the front extending further over the Eastern Cape and into Lesotho all the way to Maseru," Snow Report SA says.
You can read the full weather report for Monday, 1 August, here: Weather Update: Another snowy week ahead
So far, the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that all passes in areas remain open to vehicles. Conditions may change if the weather conditions worsen.
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