The South African Weather Service (SAWS)that warned South Africans to prepare for a “wet and very cold week” on Monday, 31 May. , rain and snow follows in the wake of a cold front that hit the eastern parts of the country at the weekend.
SAWS said a cut-off low-pressure system would be responsible for the majority of the adverse weather conditions in the country for the next three days, adding that snowfall accumulation between 5 to 15 centimetres could e expected over Lesotho and the southern Drakensberg mountains in the Eastern Cape.
SNOWFALL IN THE EASTERN CAPE
Storm Report SA, one of South Africa’s foremost weather pages, shared images and videos of the snowfall in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday morning.
The Storm Report SA team reported from the Barkly pass between Barkly East, which lies in the mountainous region near the south of Lesotho, and Khowa – formerly known as Elliot – in the Eastern Cape.
“As you can it is snowing and there is snow on the ground,” said Storm Report SA. “We [encountered] snow at 1900 metres; so, we are expecting a lot of snow to fall in the next couple of days.”
The weather watchers said they would sleep on the pass and continue to provide the public with regular updates.
DISRUPTIVE WEATHER WARNINGS
The SAWS said snow is expected to fall in three provinces this week including the Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. “[An]warning for snow is expected over today in places over the southern Drakensberg Mountains resulting in loss of livestock, traffic disruptions and major passes closed,” said the national meteorological service on Tuesday.
In the media advisory issued on Monday, SAWS said the disruptive snowfall in the province is expected to last from Tuesday until Wednesday morning. There are also concerns that access roads to remote communities could be cut due to snow or icy roads.
Another Orange level 5 warning was issued for the wild coast region of the Eastern Cape because of disruptive rains that could result in flooding of roads and settlements and traffic disruptions.