Yep, believe it or not, MORE SNOW and thunderstorms expected

Photo: Nadine Clark

SAWS: Snow and cold expected in FOUR provinces this weekend

The cold front making its way across the Western Cape is expected to spread eastwards and bring snow, rain and cold conditions to the rest of the country, according to SAWS.

Yep, believe it or not, MORE SNOW and thunderstorms expected

Photo: Nadine Clark

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) said the intense cold front that is currently making its way across the Western Cape is expected to bring frigid temperatures and snow to the central and eastern parts of the country as it spreads. The national meteorological service said the atmospheric conditions would create the ideal climate for “widespread snowfall” over the Cape provinces on Friday, 27 August, before the snowy conditions spread to KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho on Saturday.


In a media statement on Thursday, SAWS said disruptive snowfalls of between 5 to 10 centimetres are expected to fall from Friday onwards over the high-altitude areas of the Western Cape and the areas of the same elevation in the western and southern parts of the Northern Cape.

“Heavier snowfall of 10 to 20 cm is also likely over the extreme south-western parts of the Northern Cape (including the Nuweveld and Roggeveld mountains) as well as the Cederberg and Hex River mountains of the Western Cape,” said the forecaster.

What’s more, the “significant cooling” in South Africa’s skies, in the affected areas, could cause snowfall at lower altitudes and in the lower foothills of mountain ranges.

Late on Friday, the snowy conditions are expected to reach the western and central high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape in the aptly named Sneeuberge and Winterberge mountains.


The high-lying areas of KZN and the Drakensberg region can anticipate snowfall by Saturday and the snowy conditions are expected to continue in the Northern, Eastern, and Western Cape until Saturday morning.

“The extreme northeastern Drakensberg mountains of the Eastern Cape and the south-western mountains of KwaZulu-Natal may experience disruptive snowfall during the course of Saturday, which may result in the closure of mountain passes and associated disruption to traffic due to icy and slippery roads,” said SAWS.


The SAWS said the Eastern Cape and most parts of KZN will be affected by significant rainfall – between 20 to 40 millimetres – on Saturday. Meanwhile, the majority of the interior of the country will be in the grip of “cold to very cold” conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

The northeastern Lowveld areas, may escape the cold, however, as the forecaster said conditions there could be “warm to hot on Saturday.”

“South Africans can expect a gradual clearing in weather conditions, combined with a consistent recovery in daily daytime temperatures from Monday onwards. Given that overnight minimum temperatures may take several days to recover in the wake of this cold spell, there is a distinct possibility of overnight frost occurring over parts of the interior early next week,” said SAWS