Get ready for Oct-snow-ber!
Light snowfall is again expected to blanket the mountains of the Eastern Cape‚ Drakensberg and Lesotho on Friday and Saturday.
Snow Report SA’s latest snowfall map has indicated the possibility of snow for these regions.
“A small weather system will deposit a light snowfall up to 5cm across the mountains around Tiffindell in the Eastern Cape from late tonight‚ including the possibility of [snow] on the Barkly Pass.
"In the early hours of Saturday morning the high peaks on the central Drakensberg and Lesotho will get between 10cm and 20cm of snow."
According to Snow Report SA only the mountain peaks are likely to receive a smattering of snow.
“There is a possibility of light snowfalls in small areas in Lesotho.”
The possibility of heavy rain and hail in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday has prompted the provincial cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department to place disaster management teams on stand-by.
This follows a warning from the South African Weather Service to be prepared for severe thunderstorms‚ hail and localised flooding in the western part of the province.
“Our teams are monitoring the situation - especially in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding‚” said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube. She urged motorists to be cautious on the roads and when crossing bridges.
SA Weather Service forecaster Ezekiel Sebego said: “Friday‚ isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop over central and eastern South Africa‚ but will be scattered over western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and as well as Mpumalanga‚ where in places they may become severe‚ producing hail and strong damaging winds this afternoon and evening.
“On Saturday‚ thunderstorm activities are expected to persist over the similar area as [of] Friday‚ with a further risk of severe storms over eastern parts of North West‚ north and eastern Free State‚ Gauteng and western Mpumalanga.
“In addition to [the] potential for hail and damaging winds‚ there is also a likelihood for localised heavy rain and/or incidents of flash flooding for the above-mentioned areas.”
The weather is expected to improve on Sunday will possible isolated storms.