The cold winter days are finally behind us. Hot sunny days are here to stay as we ease into summer. But, it seems we might be unpacking our jerseys quicker than anticipated.
It seems we can expect a few cold days this week, starting on October 3. According to Snow Report SA, it seems that snow is becoming a strong possibility.
On September 30, Snow Report SA issued the following report:
The first snow with this system seems possible during the early hours of Wednesday morning “(October 3) in the Tiffindell and Rhodes area of the Eastern Cape. By midday on Wednesday, we are expecting to see snow right the way along the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the Southern Drakensberg and into the central high Drakensberg. During the afternoon on Wednesday, we expect these falls to intensify and extend further north into the Maluti Mountains around AfriSki and into the eastern parts of Lesotho.”
The report goes onto say a substantial drop in the weather is to be expected on Thursday (October 4) over the Eastern Cape, Drakensberg and the Southern KZN Drakensberg. As the freezing level drops even further.
Snow Report SA claims the heaviest snowfalls will be during Thursday with significant snow possible from the north of Lesotho, to the northern Drakensberg, central and southern Drakensberg, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg.
The weather will apparently clear up on Friday.
(October 2), Snow Report SA updated their reports with the following statement:
“From late Wednesday night (October 3), we can expect to see further snowfalls over the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the Southern KZN Drakensberg, as well as the central and northern Drakensberg. During this time, heavier falls are also expected in the central and eastern parts of Lesotho. There is a chance some lighter falls will happen in Matatielle area. The Underberg/Himeville area and the KZN Midlands areas can also expect some light snowfall.
There is a light snow forecast around Harrismith and the N3 for between Johannesburg and Durban. But unless the quantity increases substantially, the N3 is not expected to close.
Snow Report SA is apparently surprised to see snow showing for Mpumalanga and the far eastern Free State. Towns like Belfast, Ermelo, Wakkerstroom and Zamani also stand a chance to be touched by snow.
By late Thursday night, all snowfalls should cease, with clear skies expected on Friday.”
With the expected cold front, be sure to pack out your jerseys and umbrellas to stay warm and dry.