Let it snow, let it snow, let it… well, you know the rest. The weather outside is indeed frightful this week, as temperatures are forecast to plunge across the country. Western and southern regions will be the first to encounter these icy blasts, before the big chill reaches SA’s central interior. Over the next few days, Level 4 warnings for snowfall will be in place.
Flurries set to disrupt several regions of SA this week
At a time where a killer virus is running wild, and there’s talk of another round of load shedding in the next few days, the plummeting mercury on our collective thermometer is probably the last thing any of us were hoping to see. This winter has so far been a bitter one, with several snowstorms wreaking havoc already. And yet, there’s more to come…
“Light snowfalls are expected over the southwestern mountain peaks of the Western Cape on Tuesday morning, whilst bitterly cold conditions are likely to set in over much of the province. Light snowfall is expected in high-lying areas and mountain ranges of the Eastern Cape, including the Tsitsikamma, Kouga, Sneeuberg, and Winterberg mountains.”
“Moreover, disruptive snowfalls can be expected in many of the higher mountain regions of the Cape provinces, when a SECOND cold front makes landfall on Wednesday. Farmers and citizens are advised to take the necessary precautions ahead of the expected cold snap and to ensure that livestock and pets have sufficient shelter and water.”
South African Weather Service (SAWS)
Weather warnings: Level 4 snow alerts, and more…
- – A Yellow Level 2 warning for snow, leading difficult driving conditions over the southern parts of the Free State, is in place for Thursday.
- – A Yellow Level 3 warning for disruptive snowfall (leading to possible loss of livestock/crops) has been issued over the high lying areas of the Western Cape on Wednesday
- – A Yellow Level 4 warning for disruptive snowfall is expected over Lootsberg, Wapadsberg, Penhoek, Outeniqua, Nico Malan, Winterberg, and gravel road passes in Tsitsikamma, Outeniqua and Baviaanskloof on Thursday.
- – Other Yellow Level 4 warnings have been issued this week: One is in place for flooding in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, and Overberg on Wednesday, and another has been declared for torrential rain between Plettenberg Bay & Fish River on Thursday.