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According to SnowReportSA, some of the Eastern Cape mountains could receive a light snowfall over this weekend…

The organisation posted a weekend snow update on Friday morning:

“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 a few cm 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, but since the freezing level is high we don’t expect anything other than high up on the highest peaks in the region.”

“There is a possibility of light snowfalls in small areas in Lesotho, as indicated by the map.”

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Stormy weather alert from SA Weather Service

The South African Weather Service has issued an alert to the public at large regarding the possibility of some extreme weather conditions expected to affect the central and eastern portions of the country on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2018.

This extreme weather will be in the form of severe thunderstorms.

This extreme weather will be in the form of severe thunderstorms.

For today, Friday, 12 October, 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 in places, producing hail and strong damaging winds this afternoon and evening.

Thunderstorms persist into Saturday

On Saturday, thunderstorm activities are expected to persist over the similar area as 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 potential for hail and damaging winds, there is also a likelihood for localised heavy downpours leading to incidents of flash flooding for the abovementioned areas. The public in these areas are advised to exercise extreme caution.

Conditions will improve somewhat on Sunday, but there still remains a risk of isolated storms in places.

Cooler conditions

Elsewhere, cooler conditions experienced today over the Western and Eastern Cape will improve somewhat on Saturday, but spreading to the east.

The South African Weather Service will continue to monitor any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue subsequent updates as required. Furthermore, the public are urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio.


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